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The Art of Drinking

A Historical Sketch

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Published: 1890
Language: English
Wordcount: 11,250 / 40 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 53.1
Downloads: 1,426
Added to site: 2014.10.08
mnybks.net#: 31769
Genre: History
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o say wine is not good for our reason? What more than wine impels us to deeds and to action? Why, look you, as soon as men are drinkers of wine, then Rich are they all and active, victorious in law-courts; Aye, very happy too, and to their friends useful."

Among the Germans, too, it has long been customary to settle all business with a drink, and there was no betrothal, no bargain, and no compact that was not accompanied by the purchase of wine. All German history is filled with the love of wine. When the German border-line was first drawn, the Germans insisted on keeping the left bank of the Rhine, on account of its richness in grapes. They wrote books about the national disposition to drink; they divided their history according to drinking periods, and old proverbs call the love of drink the German national vice, as theft is that of the Spaniards, deceit that of the Italians, and vanity that of the French. Nowhere exist wines so capable of purity as the German wines, and no real German will ever comp

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