The Maltese Falcon - Study Guide The Levantine Summary & Analysis

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The Levantine Summary

Cairo asks Spade to stand so that he can relieve Spade of any weapons. When Cairo is close enough, Spade overtakes Cairo, knocking him unconscious. Space proceeds to examine the contents of Cairo's wallet and pockets. Eventually Cairo regains consciousness, and Spade tells Cairo that he does not have the statuette either here or at his apartment, which Cairo admits to having already searched.

Cairo repeats the five-thousand-dollar offer, and Spade accepts the two hundred dollars Cairo has in his wallet as a retainer. Spade clarifies that he is accepting the job to find the statuette, not to commit any murders or burglaries. Spade returns the pistol to Cairo, who immediately points it at Spade declaring his original intentions of searching the office.

The Levantine Analysis

The author writes in a very tongue-in-cheek sarcastic style and even names his characters to symbolize their functions. Cairo...

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