These words come from another one of my all-time favorite books, Gone With the Wind. Sidebar: It’s almost impossible for my fingers to type Gone with the Wind. They want to type Gone with the Wine.
This is part of an exchange between Rhett Butler and his stepson, Wade Hampton Hamilton (son of Scarlett O’Hara and her first husband, the milquetoast Charles Hamilton). Scarlett and Rhett’s daughter has just been born. Rhett wants Wade to join him in a toast to his new daughter, but Wade declines, saying he’s promised his Aunt Melly he won’t drink until he’s graduated from college.
Rhett retorts with this . . .
Wade eventually relents (who doesn’t relent under the spell of Rhett Butler?) and awkwardly drinks a glass of Claret, making a toast “To Sissy”.
I don’t know about you, but I’d sign up for Rhett Butler’s wine drinking class anytime.