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By James M. Cain

All 3 books are written with an everlasting view of the darkish corners of the yankee psyche. Cain hammered excessive artwork out of the crude topic of betrayal, bloodshed, and perversity.

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Their music is Spanish music that went through the head of an Indian and came out again, and if you think it sounds the same after that, you made a mistake. An Indian, he’s about eight thousand years behind the rest of us in the race towards whatever we’re headed for, and it turns out that primitive man is not any fine, noble brute at all. He’s just a poor fish. Modern man, in spite of all this talk about his being effete, can run faster, shoot straighter, eat more, live longer, and have a better time than all the primitive men that ever lived.

She lit my cigarette for me, and then her own, and inhaled, and let the smoke blow out the match. We smoked, and it was about as electric as a stalled car. Across the street in front of the café, a mariachi was playing, and she nodded her head once or twice, in time with the music. ” “You like mariachi? We have them. ” “… I haven’t got the fifty centavos. To pay the mariachi. I’m— ” I pulled my pockets inside out, to show her. I thought I might as well get it over with. No use having her think she’d hooked a nice American sugar papa, and then letting her be disappointed.

She had waited on me before, and she was a pretty little mestiza, about forty, with a wedding ring she kept flashing every time she got the chance. A wedding ring is big news in Mexico, but it still doesn’t mean there’s been a wedding. She pressed her belly against the table, and then I heard her voice, though her lips didn’t move and she was looking off to one side: “The lady, you like her dirección, yes? ” I laid a peso on the check. Her little black eyes crinkled up into a nice friendly smile, but she didn’t move.

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