Post Office Setting & Symbolism

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Bayou La Fourche

Henry Chinaski's intended destination after resigning from the U.S. Post Office after eleven frustrating and wearing years, Bayou La Fourche in Louisiana offers him the opportunity to make $10,000-$20,000 in three months trapping animals to sell their furs and carcasses, raise farm animals, and fish. The nearby Fair Grounds offer premier horse racing to keep him amused.

Dorsey Station

Henry Chinaski's last assignment as a postal clerk, Dorsey Station is primarily black, and he plays the black-and-white game, including hearing repeatedly the story of a cook who masturbates into tapioca pudding. Henry gets locked in a stairwell with doors that carry a warning not to use the door. A cafeteria girl, three mail handlers, and a general foreman also are locked in, so the girl provides "oral copulation" to the other men and they are disciplined for their actions afterward. Henry accidentally sets a...

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