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Old 07-03-2012, 10:11 PM   #62
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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?
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Why Spade tells the story: he is actually contemplating to run with the girl and the treasure, but is trying to convince himself not to.
Oldtribe, I kept your explanation in mind as I read the Flitcraft story the other day, and I think you are right.
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