RARA-AVIS: Lady de Bruile & Brigid

Frederick Zackel (fzackel@bgnet.bgsu.edu)
Fri, 31 Jul 1998 09:14:42 -0400 (EDT) Kathy Harper may be on to something. There is ample evidence that Hammett
was raised on the classic adventure stories, of which The Three Musketeers
is certainly one of the most renown. Brigid does seem to be a mirror of
the Lady de Bruile (am I misspoelling it this early?) Except not
physically. Brigid is however a physical twin of the Womanwho rides in
the boat with Death in Rime of the Ancient Mariner. And both look a lot
like the Hindu Goddess Kali--also known as the death aspect of the Great
Mother Goddess. (Where's Medea when we need her?)

Which reminds me, Medusa was (in some legends) the twin sister of
Aphrodite. No man could look her full in the face without dying.

Which reminds me of the morning news. How hard-boiled do you really have
to be to hang onto a semen-stained dress before you stop looking like an
innocent and more like a potential blackmailer? HER MOTHER WAS IN ON IT
WITH HER! Was the whole deal a set-up?

Nope, not trying to be political.

Frederick Zackel

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