Re: RARA-AVIS: Spade falling in love

From: Patrick King (
Date: 07 Oct 2007

--- "Kerry J. Schooley" <> wrote:
> He loves her, and he wants her, but he cannot bring
> himself to trust
> her. He goes on to address the money issue,
> suggesting he may not be
> as crooked as his reputation (good for business,
> again) then shortly
> later he settles it saying he won't play the sap for
> her. She kisses
> him, he lets her, then he opens the door to the
> cops. Cold bastard
> all right. I think it's pretty clear he's giving
> something up, and knows it.

Giving something up? He's giving up being the Robert Mitchum role in Out of the Past, that's all. Can you imagine what "life" with Brigid O'Shaunassey would be like? How long do you think it would be before she murdered him? I think he enjoyed screwing her... and she let him. That's very clear in the book. But he never considered doing anything to keep her. She's the craziest person in the entire book... including Guttman and Wilma. Spade knows this going in. He's not fooled for one minute. All his love talk with her is playing her. She is not the love of his life as Eileen Adler is for Holmes. Holmes, of course, is much more romantic than Sam Spade.

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