I had an idea he thought I hadn’t a refining influence.
— Dashiell Hammett, from The Dain Curse
Yes,” he said, and shivered. “Well, send her in.
— Dashiell Hammett, from The Maltese Falcon
[‘Murder doesn’t round out anybody’s life except the murdered’s and sometimes the murderer’s.’]
‘That may be,’ Nora said, ‘but it’s all pretty unsatisfactory.’
— Dashiell Hammett, from The Thin Man