Re: RARA-AVIS: Spade falling in love

From: Patrick King (
Date: 10 Oct 2007

--- wrote:
  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.
************************************ Agreed. But that's what sets Sam Spade in a class by himself. He's the original hard boiled detective; the prototype of Mike Hammer and James Bond, and the woman does not get to him. Spade can actually enter the belly of the beast, so to speak, and emerge unfazed with his concentration in tact. There's really not an indication in the book or in the film that Spade was
"in love" with Brigid. You have to take that last speech at face value to believe he does. And, frankly, taking anything Spade says or does at face value is to underestimate him, as all the villian and the police find out.

Patrick King

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