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** On the other hand, Gilbert seems to have a patronizing sort of affection for Mimi and attempts to help her fight Charles when she attacks him in a fit of rage, which she later calls 'inceredibly sweet, but incredibly stupid.' Also, Dorry stole the cocain he was 'experimenting' with to prevent him from becoming an addict.


* LighterAndSofter: At least, in comparison with some of Hammett's other work; it's still got rough edges, but the witty and ultimately loving dynamic between Nick and Nora gives it a lighter touch that many of his other stories -- typically centering around grim, hard-bitten and isolated men and cruel, manipulative yet equally isolated women -- tend to lack.

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* LighterAndSofter: At least, in comparison with some of Hammett's other work; it's still got rough edges, but the warm, witty and ultimately loving dynamic between Nick and Nora gives it a lighter touch that many of his other stories -- typically centering around grim, hard-bitten and isolated men and cruel, manipulative yet equally isolated women -- tend to lack.

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* LighterAndSofter: At least, in comparison with some of Hammett's other work; it's still got rough edges, but the witty and ultimately loving dynamic between Nick and Nora gives it a lighter touch that many of his other stories -- typically centering around grim, hard-bitten and isolated men and cruel, manipulative yet equally isolated women -- tend to lack.

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[[IThoughtItMeant Not]] to be confused with Franchise/TheSlenderManMythos.

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[[IThoughtItMeant [[JustForFun/IThoughtItMeant Not]] to be confused with Franchise/TheSlenderManMythos.


Nick Charles, a former private detective who retired for a life of ease after marrying Nora, a wealthy socialite, is drawn into investigating a murder. TheOtherWiki notes: "As they attempt to solve the case, Nick and Nora share a great deal of banter and witty dialogue, along with copious amounts of alcohol." The "thin man" of the title is Clyde Wynant, a suspect in the case.

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Nick Charles, a former private detective who retired for a life of ease after marrying Nora, a wealthy socialite, is drawn into investigating a murder. TheOtherWiki Wiki/TheOtherWiki notes: "As they attempt to solve the case, Nick and Nora share a great deal of banter and witty dialogue, along with copious amounts of alcohol." The "thin man" of the title is Clyde Wynant, a suspect in the case.

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* InspectorLestrade: Detective Guild of the New York Police.

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* EasilyForgiven: [[spoiler: Nick doesn't really hold [[RedHerring Morelli]] shooting him against him, later having a lengthy conversation with the man in order to learn more about the murder victim.]]


'''NoraL''' That may be, but it's all pretty unsatisfactory.

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'''NoraL''' '''Nora:''' That may be, but it's all pretty unsatisfactory.


-->'''Nora''': "What do you think will happen to Mimi and Dorothy and Gilbert now?"
-->'''Nick''': "Nothing new. They'll go on being Mimi and Dorothy and Gilbert just as you and I will go on being us and the Quinns will go on being the Quinns. Murder doesn't round out anybody's life except the murdered's and sometimes the murderer's"
-->'''Nora''': "That may be, but it's all pretty unsatisfactory."

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-->'''Nora''': "What -->'''Nora:''' What do you think will happen to Mimi and Dorothy and Gilbert now?"
-->'''Nick''': "Nothing
now?\\
'''Nick:''' Nothing
new. They'll go on being Mimi and Dorothy and Gilbert just as you and I will go on being us and the Quinns will go on being the Quinns. Murder doesn't round out anybody's life except the murdered's and sometimes the murderer's"
-->'''Nora''': "That
murderer's.\\
'''NoraL''' That
may be, but it's all pretty unsatisfactory."


* [[spoiler: DeceasedFallGuyGambit: Wynant is found dead.]]

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* [[spoiler: DeceasedFallGuyGambit: Wynant [[spoiler:Wynant is found dead.]]



* [[UsefulNotes/ForTheLoveOfMany Polygamy]]: Jorgensen turns out to be living under a false name and still legally married to his first wife.


* WriteWhoYouKnow: It's generally assumed that Hammett based Nick and Nora and their relationship on himself and his partner, writer Creator/LillianHellman (he was also a retired detective).


* WriteWhoYouKnow: It's generally assumed that Hammett based Nick and Nora and their relationship on himself and his partner, writer Lillian Hellman (he was also a retired detective).

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* WriteWhoYouKnow: It's generally assumed that Hammett based Nick and Nora and their relationship on himself and his partner, writer Lillian Hellman Creator/LillianHellman (he was also a retired detective).

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[[IThoughtItMeant Not]] to be confused with Franchise/TheSlenderManMythos.

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-->'''Nora''': "What do you think will happen to Mimi and Dorothy and Gilbert now?"
-->'''Nick''': "Nothing new. They'll go on being Mimi and Dorothy and Gilbert just as you and I will go on being us and the Quinns will go on being the Quinns. Murder doesn't round out anybody's life except the murdered's and sometimes the murderer's"
-->'''Nora''': "That may be, but it's all pretty unsatisfactory."

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