the better for his own hospitality

Iyidogan

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Turkish - Turkey
I came across in Le Carree's "Night Manager" the following sentence:

"Never drunk but the better for his own hospitality."

What is the meaning of "but the better for"? What is the meaning of this sentence in general?
 
  • Cagey

    post mod (English Only / Latin)
    English - US
    What does the night manager do?
    Does he drink, or hospitably offer drinks to other people?

    It seems to me that he may have been drinking, not enough to be drunk, but enough to make him relaxed or cheerful. In this case 'his own hospitality' would refer to a habit of pouring himself something to drinks, just as a hospitable host would pour a drink for a guest.
     

    Iyidogan

    New Member
    Turkish - Turkey
    Cagey, thank you for your comment, which seems accurate to me. The context does not give out much, as it is customary for le Carre after all.
     
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