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How is he doing all this drunk?
BrokenTune 4 years ago
That's what I am wondering, too. It's like watching an episode of Mad Men but with murrrderrr.
BrokenTune 4 years ago
To be fair, this particular episode was planned intoxication because
"If anyone came over, Tom thought, he would blow such a breath of pernod in his face there wouldn't be any reason to ask what was the matter."
Wow! I'm amazed at his ability to be devious and drink.
BrokenTune 4 years ago
There is so much drink in this. LoL.
BrokenTune 4 years ago
At least it seems that way.
I wonder if Highsmith was already preoccupied with drink when she wrote this or if this is just a depiction of the times.
Hmm that does make me wonder.
4 years ago
I don't know anything about Highsmith, was she a drinker?
BrokenTune 4 years ago
Yes, she suffered from alcoholism, but I don't remember when this started and whether this was already going on at the time she wrote Ripley. I'll look it up when I get home - I don't have access to the biography right now.
BrokenTune 4 years ago
Aha! I found a quote from the Wilson biography in my BL drafts about her relationship with alcohol...

She was already drinking in the early 1940s and had acknowledged in her diaries at that time that alcohol played a vital part in her ability to write. :(
4 years ago
Thanks. So she couldn't write without out it?
BrokenTune 4 years ago
I'm not sure how quickly her drinking became serious, but from what I have read she was quite dependent on it (not just for writing).