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Subject: Maltese Falcon Question #2
Date Posted: 2/15/2009 10:23 PM ET
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2       Why does Sam Spade take the case, even though he suspects that “Miss Wonderly” is lying?

Date Posted: 2/17/2009 4:33 PM ET
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I think he takes the case because:

1.  He obviously has a problem turning down a woman.  He can't resist becoming involved with any woman who comes

     across his path.

2.  He seems to like a riddle.  Through the book he doesn't know what's going on, but he plays along until things come

     out his way.  I think he was intrigued with the possibilities of what Brigid's story really was.

Date Posted: 2/17/2009 5:04 PM ET
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Since this is the first Sam Spade novel I have read, what makes same tick is a bit unclear to me.  I agree with Chris, he certainly seems to have never seen a woman he doesn't "love."  I would like to think that he can see through all the foolishness to a problem that he really thinks he can solve. 

I wonder how many harrassment lawsuits Spade would have today if he talked to his secretary and clients like that.  Not to mention all the touching, patting, etc., etc.  Just a thought.   

Date Posted: 2/17/2009 6:23 PM ET
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I think they took the case in the beginning becuase of the money. Then after Archer was killed he had to continue to find out who killed him.

Date Posted: 2/17/2009 11:10 PM ET
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It's true Sam  had to find out who killed Archer, if only to prove it wasn't him.