Buster wrote:Gilbert is so weird, we're not sure if he did it or just wants to date his sister.
I actually think that part of Gilbert's "weirdness" was designed to make him seem like what we consider a geek these days - very brainy with "peculiar" social skills. He's his father's son - written in part to confirm the "intelligence" that runs in the family, perhaps?
Good catch, Buster. This hadn't even occurred to me. But I think it might be right on the mark.
I think Hammett drew some pretty interesting & whacky characters, even though most of them were unlikable. They were colorful and made for a good story.