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Notes & Queries: Why does the postman always ring twice?

23 May 2012 4:05 PM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

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Why is The Postman Always Rings Twice so called? The title seems to have no relevance to the story.

James M Cain suggested the term "postman" was not meant to be taken literally. Rather, the title refers to fate or justice eventually catching up with the perpetrator of a crime, even if they were not punished for the original offence. In Cain's novel (spoilers ahoy) protagonist Frank Chambers helps his lover Cora to kill her husband, but due to machinationsand double-crossing in the courtroom both walk free. However, Cora is later accidentally killed in a car crash and Frank, the driver, is wrongly convicted of murder and sentenced to death. The "postman" whose ring was missed on the first occasion, has "rung" again, and everyone hears his second ring.

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