Re: RARA-AVIS: Spade falling in love

From: William Ahearn (
Date: 11 Oct 2007

--- Patrick King <> wrote:

> I trust you're NOT arguing that because the info
> came
> from Guttman, Brigid was NOT dangerous. Spade had
> every reason to doubt everything everyone in this
> novel told him.

There's a difference between something being true and the use of that knowledge. In espionage, for example, if you want to plant a false defector you supply that person with true but disposable information that the other side already knows or that information is about to end its usefulness as a secret. It builds trust. I see the exchange as Guttman attempting to falsely bond with Spade and alienate Spade from Brigid. So here, the truth of the statement isn't as important as its purpose.


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