Re: RARA-AVIS: Cain and Hammett

From: William Ahearn (
Date: 02 Oct 2007

--- wrote:

> While I agree that Spade is not screwed enough to be
> noir screwed,
> certainly not to a Cain degree, I would say that
> sending the woman he
> loves to prison is everyday language screwed, in a
> between a rock and a
> hard place sense.
Huh? Did we read the same book and see the same movie? Again, with all due respect, I have to disagree. One of the cool aspects of Spade -- and how he defies the noir tradition -- is how he works Brigid. He uses her to access the inner core of who is looking for the Falcon. But love her? Puh-leeze. The only woman that he shows any appreciation or need for is Effie. Everyone else is a means to an end.


Essays and Ramblings

____________________________________________________________________________________ Boardwalk for $500? In 2007? Ha! Play Monopoly Here and Now (it's updated for today's economy) at Yahoo! Games.

This archive was generated by hypermail 2b29 : 02 Oct 2007 EDT