We need to attend to the fact that Falstaff's praise of sack is not simply a glorification of drunkenness, but is a playfully polemical case for a particular wine over and above "thin drink" or "thin potations
," whether lesser wines such as bastard, or malted or hopped drinks such as beer and ale.
Edward Gibbon left an unforgettable picture of the Oxford academics of his day swilling port in "dull and deep potations
Finally, after long service and many deep potations
, he slept.
Those basics, however, quickly expanded to a wide range of more complex potations
, even, on one memorable occasion at a Parisian bar, a 750-ml biere flambee
Peter liked to talk with people in any comfortable setting, and that applied especially to his cultivation of aspirants to literary and cultural studies whose views he would elicit over suitable potations
in a tavern or restaurant in the U.
I can assure you that I feel severely the effect of yesterday's potations
, and must have time to recover; and I suspect that most of you are in the same predicament, for you were of the party yesterday.
Once they joined, the cousins still needed to work their way through various potations
, but the outside experience was key, said Epstein.
On Saturdays & Sundays he usually took holliday and Mondays his results from the effects of his potations
caused him to be very nervous and his vision rather obscured, but the remainder of the week he was all right.
At this point in her life, she relies on "small potations
of alcohol for the stimulus it gave her fevered body" (145).
made him ugly, and inflamed a temper never very sweet, working him up sometimes to such a pitch of rage that Johnny's life was in danger.
I could not feel much sympathy with Philip for I have so often seen him seasick on land after his evening potations
that it was no new sight to see.