Re: RARA-AVIS: Swimming, Angie and proofing

Date: 22 Apr 2002

  Re your comment below:

> But Spade is a sap, as are all the characters in The
> Maltese Falcon, conned
> by some unseen hand into lying, cheating, killing
> and, perhaps most telling
> of all, the mistrust and denial of love. This for
> the pursuit of a
> worthless chunk of lead.

By the time Spade displays his "mistrust and denial of love," the fact that the Falcon is a phony has already been revealed. Spade's agenda throughout the novel is not the possession of the Falcon (although he admits it would be a nice bonus), but the solution of the murders. He even turns in the bribe he that he cons Gutman out of so it can be used as evidence, leading one to the inevitable conclusion (though it's never stated) that the only reason he conned the bribe out of Gutman is so it COULD be used as evidence.

And Brigid was in no way imaginable worthy of his, or anyone's, love or trust.


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