The Maltese Falcon - The Fall-Guy Summary & Analysis

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The Fall-Guy Summary

Gutman's gunman tries to frisk Spade, who will not tolerate the action. Gutman tells the young man to leave Spade alone. Although the intruders have guns pointed at Spade, they are friendly because they want to relieve Spade of the falcon with as little trouble as possible. Spade lets his visitors know that he is aware that the trip to Burlingame on the pretense of helping Brigid was a game to stall Spade so that the rest of them could get to Jacobi before Spade could.

Spade is anxious to get paid for the falcon and finish the matter, but Gutman hands Spade an envelope with ten thousand dollars in it, which is considerably less than the figure discussed originally. Gutman counters that when he proposed the original figure, he did not show Spade any money. At least the ten thousand dollars is real.

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