The Maltese Falcon Chapter 8
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- Inside, they find Brigid huddled in an armchair and Cairo holding a pistol with blood running down his forehead.
- Cairo accuses Brigid of attacking him, whereas Brigid calls him a downright liar, saying that he had attacked her.
- Spade steps in and says that Cairo and O'Shaughnessy were merely play-acting. Since Cairo knows he can't press charges without putting himself in the hot seat, he goes along with Spade's story.
- Even though the officers don't believe Spade, they have nothing to go on so they can't arrest him. Instead, they take Cairo to the station for questioning.