Re: RARA-AVIS: Spade falling in love

From: Michael Robison (
Date: 03 Oct 2007

Juri Nummelin wrote:

I'm pretty much with William here: Sam Spade doesn't really fall in love with the broad. Maybe the film gives a wrong impression about the whole case.

*********** My reading is that he does fall for her. The whole point of his long dialogue at the end was to explain that he refused to be ruled by his emotions and let a snake like her go. A major theme of the book is that Spade survives in a wicked world by not succumbing to sentiment. Succumbing to impulse and emotion invites doom.

If you have the time, Juri, reread just the last 12 pages of the book and see what you think afterwards.


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