RE: RARA-AVIS: The Postman Always Rings Twice--yet another possib le meaning

From: Todd Mason (
Date: 24 Oct 2003

At the time of the novel's composition and publication, USPS also delivered mail twice a day in some locations, at least...wonder if that had anything to do with the film-scripts implication cited below. TM

-----Original Message----- From: Jim Beaver [mailto:]

In the movie (the Garfield-Turner version, not the Nicholson-Lange mess), Garfield uses the title line as a sort-of explanation for why he ended up where he was (the death house): he'd gotten away with a real murder, but
"the postman" rang again, nailing him for a murder that was really an accident, thus making it not so unfair that he going to die for something he hadn't done. As I recall, there's none of this talk in the novel.

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