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The Maltese Falcon Chapter Summary & Analysis - Three Women Summary

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Three Women Summary

Effie announces that Iva Archer is waiting for Spade when he arrives at his office the next morning. Spade embraces the widow, and she asks him if he killed Archer. Startled by the question, Spade draws back, and Iva suggests that perhaps Spade killed Archer so that Spade could marry Iva. It becomes evident that Spade and Iva have been having an affair, and Spade ushers Iva out of the office as quickly as possible to avoid any speculation.

Spade tells Effie that the police think he killed Thursby, and Effie wants to know if Spade is going to marry Iva. Spade rues the day he ever saw Iva and wishes he could get out of the relationship. Effie muses about whether Iva herself could have killed Archer. Effie went to Iva's home early this morning to relate the news of Archer's death, and Effie...

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