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|Point #3 - his *lie*
Written by CarolTS
(10/11/2009 6:50 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, He had business at Combe Magna., penned by Reeba
I don't think he's really saying here that he's drunk - I've always read this as him saying he wasn't drunk - she asks about it and facetiously he says yes and then shows why he can't be (he only drank a small amount hours ago).
The rest of your reading of his "explanation" was very interesting and makes complete sense with how I read the passage as well.
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