Student or Learner
Here is a passage from a fiction:
'I don't mind it any more. Truth is, when Molly wanted to know what to call me I said "Piggy". Since she started using it, it even sounds sort of friendly.' The little man downed the rest of the wine from his glass. 'But I didn't find it friendly as as child. I was treated like a leper because of it. Maybe that's what we can claim--leprosy!'
I can't see the coherence between the last sentence and its previous part.
Why does the little man (Piggy) say that?
Many many thanks.
There is clearly more context than has been posted here. If you start further back (perhaps one or two paragraphs) it might be more clear what is intended.