30 DoB, Day 25: Character You Can Most Relate To

It was with a sad realization today that I realized that I’m verly likely to get through my month of Blogshorts before I finish my 30 Days of Books list.  Sigh.  Well, onward.

Day 25 – A character who you can relate to the most

Of course, I would like to say that I should relate to someone like Atticus Finch – steadfast, upright, a hero even.  But that just doesn’t seem right.  I pondered this the other day, and then I pondered it over a martini, and then I pondered it over a scotch –and then I realized who I thought I could relate to the most:

Dashiell Hammet’s Nick Charles

Let’s see Nick Charles is a smart, irreverent, wise-ass who loves a good party, a good joke, a good drink, his (equally smart and wise-cracking) Beloved and his dog.   If there’s any character I can aspire to — it has to be Nick.

Happy (Hour) Family

  • Nora: Say, how many drinks have you had?
  • Nick: This will make six martinis.
  • Nora (to waiter): All right. Will you bring me five more martinis, Leo? And line them right up here.

Of course, this answer is a bit of a dodge as Nick is generally more thought of as William Powell’s portrayal in six movies rather than in Hammet’s lone potboiler, but I’m going with it.  Nick wouldn’t mind.  Though I suppose I should start wearing more tuxedoes and double-breasted suits than shorts and t-shirts.

  • Nick Charles: Who was that?
  • Nora Charles: Oh, you wouldn’t know them, darling. They’re respectable.




6 thoughts on “30 DoB, Day 25: Character You Can Most Relate To

  1. I’ll give you the pass, because the movies were tons better than Hammett’s The Thin Man, which he wrote just before tuberculosis and alcoholism silenced him. I don’t know how you’re going to feel about Nick after Johnny Depp’s gotten through with him, however. It’s either going to be fantastic, or a travesty.

    You don’t don an evening jacket when you make those fabulous cocktails? Does Leo at the club know about this?

    • HG — it’s so weird, the day after writing this I heard about the Johnny Depp “reboot” — I don’t know — I suppose it could work, but it will be hard to capture the fun of those original films

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