RE: RARA-AVIS: Re: poppa and pauline

From: Robison Michael R CNIN (
Date: 12 Mar 2002

kerry says: I always caught a whiff of yearning behind Spade and Marlowe's cynicism, as if that quality had been hard earned and there was at least a possibility the lessons would need repeating. All that yammer about a code of honour too, a set of rules to make sense of the world and a man's place in it; if that isn't sentimental, I don't know what is.

Tough guys are the most sentimental of characters.


nope! no way! huh uh! ;-)

you are right, of course. spade wasn't big on acting mushy but he had a strong romantic interest in the femme fatale, didn't he? thats one of the reasons he was helping her. and he kept rolling the possibilities over in his head, and i believe that at the end if he thought she wouldn't run off on him, that maybe he would have lied to keep her outa jail.

and marlowe... well. i've only read _the big sleep_, so i'm not well-versed on him, but remember when that hot little sternwood slut showed up in his bed naked? and after she left he ripped the bed apart. i think that was a bit of romance slipping thru. i read it as him wishing he had someone close and intimate, and ripping the bed up was venting his frustration and anger at the fact the crazy ones are the only ones that want him, and then for questionable reasons. however, if i recall correctly, he was doing the kissy-face- huggy-bear with the other one (more mature, less crazy) and blew it cuz all he wanted to do was talk about the case. he could lose some points on the romance scale there. of course, he figured the romance factor was actually zero and the girl was just using him, so he was just being one step ahead of her.

jeez... i'm rambling. shoot me.


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