Originally Posted by GA Russell
I forgot to mention this earlier.
Do you remember when the narrative abruptly stopped, and Spade told the story/parable about Flitcraft, the man who left his family in Tacoma and then started a new one in Spokane?
I didn't understand why Hammett included it when I read the book in 1972, and I still don't understand it in 2011. What did that story have to do with the plot or anything else?
I'm sure there must have been a point in his telling Bridget O'Shaughnessy that story, but I'll be danged if I can figure out what it was, except perhaps to pass the time.