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    #1

    stuff it

    Could anyone help me with the following?

    1. "If you happen to be one of a circle of public speakers who are relating their experiences, you will often hear someone remark apropos of the proper construction of an address: 'Get a good beginning and a good ending; stuff it with whatever you please.'"

    In the above, what does "it" in "stuff it with" refer to? Does it refer to "the middle part between beginning and ending?

    2. Beset with pitfall and with gin
    The road he is to wander in.

    Could you paraphrase the above in easy English? Is it like "The road he will wander in is beset with pitfall and with gin.?"

    Thank you.

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    #2

    Re: stuff it

    1. The "it" refers to the entire speech. It doesn't matter what you stuff it with (put in the middle) because a strong beginning and a strong ending are a that do matter. At least, according to this advice, which I don't agree with myself.

    2. I think pitfalls needs to be plural, but basically, his life will have difficulties and struggles with alcohol (possiby alcoholism).

    [a writer, not a teacher]

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    Re: stuff it

    Quote Originally Posted by unpakwon View Post
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    2. Beset with pitfall and with gin
    The road he is to wander in.

    Could you paraphrase the above in easy English? Is it like "The road he will wander in is beset with pitfall and with gin.?"

    Thank you.
    I don't know the poem, but 'gin' might not refer to alcohol at all. 'Beset with pitfall and with gin' might be a reference to two sorts of trap. (http://www.entomology.wisc.edu/mbcn/pitfall.jpg, http://tbn0.google.com/images?q=tbn:...apdiagram1.gif)

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    Last edited by BobK; 30-Aug-2007 at 16:09. Reason: Added link for pitfall img

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    #4

    Re: stuff it

    Thank you for the answer.

    In the context, the "gin" seems to mean "a trap for catching animals."

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