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What do we think of that fellow... (on-topic)

The Last of the True French Short Bastards

... who said, "I never drink a glass of wine with any man"? I believe he said this to Clonfert in The Mauritius Command. This seems deliberately offensive, and I can't imagine the justification for it. If you drink wine, why should you not drink a glass in friendship with another, as custom doth dictate? Is there some obligation imposed thereby, that he wished to avoid?
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