Discussion in 'English Only' started by Q-cumber, Nov 6, 2009.
What does 'M. R. A.' stand for here?
Q, you've given us a good quote, but we need more context. What book is this from? What have they been discussing previously? I suspect that this is a reference to something the two have discussed previously, but we need more information, before we can help.
This is from the 'Farewell, My Lovely' novel by Raymond Chandler (written in 1940). The text is available here. Please scroll down to the end of the Chapter 33.
It is probably an abbreviation for Moral Rearmament (page 142), but I have no idea what they mean by that.
There is an interesting article on Moral Re-armament on Wikipedia:
The movement had Christian roots, and grew into an informal, international network of people of all faiths and backgrounds. It was based around what it calls 'the Four Absolutes' (absolute honesty, absolute purity, absolute unselfishness and absolute love) and encouraged its members to be actively involved in political and social issues. One of the movement's core ideas was that changing the world starts with seeking change in oneself.
An earlier name of the movement was the Oxford group.
OK, it makes some sense, because the cop was somewhat crooked and he did some bad things towards Philip Marlowe. That's why he asks about 'hard feelings'...
Separate names with a comma.