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Posted: Sunday, December 9, 2018 3:52:45 PM
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can you help me with understanding the following paragraph?
It's again from It by Stephen King.
The author describes here (and in the preceding two or three paragraphs) the dozens of different medicines that can be found in Eddie's medicine cabinet.

Moving right along to Eddie’s third shelf, we find the utility infielders of the
patent-medicine world. Ex-Lax. Carter’s Little Pills. Those two keep Eddie
Kaspbrak moving the mail. Here, nearby, is Kaopectate, Pepto-Bismol, and
Preparation H in case the mail moves too fast or too painfully. Also some Tucks
in a screw-top jar just to keep everything tidy after the mail has gone through, be
it just an advertising circular or two addressed to OCCUPANT or a big old specialdelivery

What I'm not sure about is the mail part. Am I right in assuming that he actually speaks of Eddie's digestive tract, the advertising circular and big old specialdelivery package being just euphemisms for..., well, if my conjecture is right, you know whatWhistle
Posted: Sunday, December 9, 2018 5:16:51 PM

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From the context I would guess the same as I think you are thinking, it refers to faeces.
Posted: Monday, December 10, 2018 12:12:27 AM
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American here: Yes, papo's (and Sarriefan's too) assumptions that these words are euphemisms relating to various digestive tract words and functions, and would be easily understood by an American reader (as Stephen King's audience is mainly American) as comedic...though they are kind of clever, they're also a little low-brow, but that's probably consistent with the character in King's book.
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