Before Robert Wagner and Stefanie Powers starred in “Hart to Hart” or William Powell and Myrna Loy played Nick and Nora Charles, Agatha Christie created the characters Tommy and Tuppence Beresford.
Thomas and Prudence — as they are known in polite company — are the seminal fast-talking husband and wife who solve crimes because they love slumming, chasing leads and being right, not because they need the work nor believe in “justice.”
Every day, a modern gentleman peruses the New York Times, mostly for the crossword and business section. Not often does he read more than the headline and first few paragraphs of an article, and the instance is rare when he reads an entire story. Stories in which he is engrossed typically feature scientific discovery, specifically paleontology, and high-stakes heists.
This story involved both:
An international legal dispute over a dinosaur skeleton sprouted last month from an innocent stack of mail at the American Museum of Natural History.
Although a modern gentleman begrudges Tim Allen the “comedy” and success of Home Improvement, The Santa Clause and Last Man Standing, he will acknowledge that Tim Allen takes a great mugshot, looking calm, mustachioed and Instagram‘d in the face of drug trafficking charges.
A modern gentleman hopes that when he is arrested, at least his mugshot will be something he can be proud of.
A modern gentleman has incorporated an early afternoon nap into his daily routine. Although taking a siesta will be harder to justify once work begins again this fall, he now cannot imagine life without a daily repose, a period of inactivity that rejuvenates and renders coffee a luxury rather than a necessity.