RARA-AVIS: Re: Violence for the sake of...?

From: crimeflix ( jmks100@aol.com)
Date: 23 Mar 2005

Terrific/fascinating find, Bill... J

--- In rara-avis-l@yahoogroups.com, William Denton <buff@p...> wrote:
> There's one bit of accommodation to language restrictions that
> clangs: in the scene in THE MALTESE FALCON where Hammet confronts
> the gunsel in the hotel lobby:
> # -----
> The boy put down his paper quickly and faced Spade, staring at his
> with bleak hazel eyes. The boy's small hands were spread flat over
> belly. "Keep asking for it and you're going to get it," he said,
> "plenty." His voice was low and flat and menacing. "I told you to
> off. Shove off."
> Spade waited until a bespectacled pudgy man and thin-legged blonde
> had passed out of hearing. Then he chuckled and said: "That would
go over
> big back on Seventh Avenue. But you're not in Romeville now.
You're in
> my burg." He inhaled cigarette smoke and blew it out in a long pale
> cloud. "Well, where is he?"
> The boy spoke two words, the first a short guttural verb, the second
> "you."
> "People lose teeth talking like that." Spade's voice was still
> though his face had become wooden. "If you want to hang around
you'll be
> polite."
> The boy repeated his two words.
> # -----
> That's fourteen words to say "Fuck you." Hammett could have
written this
> so that the phrase never arose, but as it is, it demands "Fuck you."
> Notice the "bespectacled pudgy man and thin-legged blonde girl,"
> A visiting businessman and a prostitute? Nice little bit of colour
> Bill
> --
> William Denton : Toronto, Canada : http://www.miskatonic.org/ :
Caveat lector.

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