The Maltese Falcon - Study Guide Horse Feathers Summary & Analysis

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Polhaus and Dundy realize that Cairo is bleeding, and Cairo accuses Brigid of attacking him. She is cowering in a chair, though, and Cairo is pointing a gun at her. Cairo tells the policemen that Spade and Brigid have held him against his will. The situation is all too confusing for the detectives, who threaten to take all of them to the police station for questioning. Spade interrupts to say that the whole situation is a joke. Spade claims that he knew the detectives were at the door and that because he is tired of answering their questions, he urged Cairo and Brigid to play along with the joke.

Dundy does not appreciate Spade's humor and hits Spade in the jaw, which makes Spade refuse to answer any more questions. Seeing that they can get nothing more out of this group and that Cairo does...

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