Brillat-Savarin on…thirst

Singing produces thirst; hence the universal reputation singers have of being indefatigible drinkers. Being a singer myself, I rise to protest against the slander, which no longer has any truth in it. The singers who frequent our drawing rooms today drink with discretion and sagacity; but what they have lost on the one hand they regain on the other, for they are no longer topers, they are gourmands, and it is said that the fanatical celebration of the Feast of St Cecilia by the Transcendental Harmony Society has been known to last more than twenty-four hours.

WHAT is a ‘toper’? And don’t the Transcendental Harmony Society sound like a LOT of fun?

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2 responses to “Brillat-Savarin on…thirst

  1. Toper: drinker, boozehound, drunk. I’m a joker, I’m a smoker, I’m a midnight toper, as Steve Miller didn’t sing. Usage pretty much confined to crosswords these days.

  2. Transcendental Harmony sounds like an aim of the Transcendental Meditation (TM) movement of the 1960’s.