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Sam Spade--A Man Among Men In the novel The Maltese Falcon Dashiell Hammett trails a semi- crooked Private Investigator on his quest for payment The story begins with Brigid OShaugnessy under the guise of being a Miss Wonderly offerring the principle character Detective Sam Spade and his partner Miles Archer two hundred dollars To complete a simple tail job When Spade realizes Miss Wonderly is a fake he confronts her saying if he is to work on her job she needs to come clean about her situation She doesnt Shortly thereafter Spade receives a visitor in his offices Joel Cairo offers Spade five thousand dollars for the return of the falcon Once Spade accepts Cairo weilds his gun and Makes known his intent to search Spades offices for the bird Brigid and Cairo who became aquainted during th original theft ogf the Falcon in Hong Kong meet in Spades apartment and Cairo is cornered and attacked Spade then comes in contact with Mr Gutman The intended recipient o the Falcon when it was taken from hong kong in the end offers 50 thousand dollars for the return of the precious object to him Spades interaction with the other characters in the book occurs over many cigarettes booze and a lack of emotion Hammett created the quintessential alpha male in Spade and possibly may have projected a a few of his repressed character traits into Spades character Spade has a relationship with women In fact he has many relationships with many women The predominant Spade female relationship in the books is that of him and Brigid OShaugnessy From their introduction Spade looked at Brigid as a sex object who happened to have money The book progresses and Spade and OShaugnessy become entangled in one another in all senses At the end of their tenyer however Spade turns Brigid in for killing his partner Somewhat upstanding of him to do from the legal point of
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