> The other way around, I think, if we're talking cause and effect. But
> agree, with Chandler and Hammet the question as to whether the femmes
> crack the dicks' noble codes provides dramatic tension.
But surely you never seriously think that Marlowe, as probably the best example, is going to do the wrong thing just because he has a yen for one of the generally vain, shallow & murderous femme fatales? Quite aside from the fact that Marlowe seems to have a practically non-existent sex drive he's far too (self)righteous. And Spade may act cynical & he may in all other respects be cynical but he takes his work very seriously.Far more seriously than sentiment.Or romance.
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