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10 years, 1 month ago
always drank like a professional, collapsing the arc from charming to churlish early on.
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a review by P. Green of ’Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald’ in The NY Times.
Does it mean he drank a lot and alcohol turned him "from charming to churlish"? I am not sure.
And how to understand “early on” here?
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May 6, 2013 at 18:34
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I think you have answered it yourself. It sounds correct to me. I think it means he drinks a lot and shortly after beginning to drink reaches from a good mood (after drinking a little!) to a bad mood (after continuing to drink), from feeling charming to become rough and violent.
Early on means "hortly after the beginning."
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May 6, 2013 at 19:56
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"Drink like a professional" means "to consume a beverage (most likely alcohol) in the productive, efficient manner of someone who is paid to do so as a job".
This is not a special English usage; it translates directly into other languages.
May 6, 2013 at 21:52
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Like a professional is a whimsical/facetious usage here. The sense is that he took drinking seriously. He wholeheartedly threw himself into getting drunk quickly (early on means after not much time) and efficiently. Which unfortunately meant he soon became rude/tiresome/boorish/churlish, rather than energised/witty/charming.
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