Putting fish into the post office
In Charles Dicken's "Great Expectations" in the phrase " I have an impending engagement", said I, glancing at Wemmick, who was putting fish into the post office, "that renders me..."
What does "putting fish into the post office" mean??


At a guess, since they were at dinner, Wemmick was simply putting fish into his mouth.

Post office boxes of the time in London had a large open horizontal slot which looked not unlike a mouth

Later in the chapter, describing Wemmick, is found: "As to the quantity of wine, his post-office was as indifferent and ready as any other post-office for its quantity of letters."


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