But is the bandaged hand scarred?! (SPOILERS)
All right. In reading the previous threads there seems to be a consensus that it was Barratt who killed De Gue, as the last shot showed the bandaged hand of the "De Gue" character. After all, in the previous scene De Gue's hand was unbandaged, while Barratt's burned hand was all wrapped up.
But who's to say that it WASN'T De Gue with his GOOD right hand bandaged just so that he wouldn't draw suspicion upon himself? (How could his hand have gotten better so quickly? Maybe Barratt had been telling the truth?)
The thing is, it was a fairly well thought out scheme of De Gue's, and if he had been successful in killing Barratt, for De Gue NOT to bandage his hand would have been for him an inconsistant oversight and illogical.
I think the bandaged hand alone is not evidence enough to make a final judgement, so we're forced to look for other clues the movie gives us to make a determination as to who is the real last De Gue standing.
My thoughts are:
1. On his way to Bela's, there is a shot of "De Gue" leaving his estate. He stops on the front steps, and we see him in all black looking fairly cold and mean. Maybe it's a chiche, but hey, this is 1959.
2. This is a small thing, but when he asks to be driven to town he barks the town's name out to Gaston (the driver), rather than asking to be driven there. Wouldn't Barratt have put it in a nicer way?
3. Lastly, in the final line, "De Gue" mentions something about almost not being able to be there, or something to that effect. (Wish I had taped it). To me it seemed indicative of someone in the real De Gue's place.
My thought is that Barratt is dead.