(from The Tin Drum by Gunter Grass [new translation by Breon Mitchell])
". . . Gregor, though he made good money at the gunpowder mill, failed to provide even the bare necessities at home, but drank everything away instead. While Gregor, taking after my great-grandmother no doubt, was a real drinker, my grandfather Joseph was a man who merely enjoyed a schnapps now and then. It wasn't sorrow that drove Gregor to drink. And even when he seemed cheerful, which was seldom enough, since he tended toward melancholy, he didn't drink because he was in high spirits. He drank because he was a thorough man who like to get to the bottom of things, including his liquor. As long as he lived, no one every saw Gregor Koljaiczek leave a half-full shot glass of Machandel gin standing. . . "
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