Re: RARA-AVIS: Joel Cairo & Wilmer - Just Good Friends?

From: Kent Westmoreland (
Date: 28 Jul 2002

Hammett made it clear that Cairo, Wilmer, and Guttmann were all homosexual
(at least in Spade's POV). In fact Spade refers to Wilmer as a gunsel which by definition is " a boy kept by a pederast" . Gunsel became slang for gunman sometime after the publication of TMF.

Guttmann did have a daughter in the novel, but that doesn't preclude him from being homosexual.

Kent Westmoreland

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