Re: RARA-AVIS: Rara Avis

From: William Denton (
Date: 24 Jul 2005

On 23 July 2005, maryqueenofscots2003 wrote:

: Can someone clue me into what a RARA AVIS is?

It's Latin for "rare bird." Caspar Gutman said it at the end of THE MALTESE FALCON, in reference to the statue of the falcon: "And to you, Miss O'Shaughnessy, adieu. I leave you the rara avis on the table as a little memento."


William Denton : Toronto, Canada : :

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