Re: RARA-AVIS: Spade falling in love

Date: 09 Oct 2007

Clearly I'm going to have to reread Maltese Falcon to see if I still feel that Spade did indeed love Brigid, but I do have to question the arguments against it that flow from the logic that Spade recognized her as a psychopath from the beginning, THEREFORE he could not have loved her. Hardboiled and noir literature are filled with men who became involved with, at a minimum lusted after and often fell in love with, women whom they recognized as unhinged or worse. Indeed, that seems to be part of the thrill from some of the men.


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