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Marlowe: “I was neat, clean, shaved and sober, and I didn’t care who knew it.”

TheBigSleep colorstill Marlowe: I was neat, clean, shaved and sober, and I didnt care who knew it.

“It was about eleven o’clock in the morning, mid October, with the sun not shining and a look of hard wet rain in the clearness of the foothills. I was wearing my powder-blue suit, with dark blue shirt, tie and display handkerchief, black brogues, black wool socks with dark blue clocks on them. I was neat, clean, shaved and sober, and I didn’t care who knew it. I was everything the well-dressed private detective ought to be. I was calling on four million dollars.”

– Raymond Chandler, first paragraph of  The Big Sleep (Published 1939)

 

 

1 Comment

  1. Sam Juliano

    Chandler paints a word picture as good as the best of em. Beautiful.

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