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    "bottom of a bottle" and "back on that pedestal"

    A son writes a letter to his father:


    "Father, I know I have been a great disappointment. In defense of the indefensible, my crimes were qualities I found in the bottom of a bottle. I long for the chance to be back on that pedestal you used to proudly place me."

    - He calls his crimes "qualities". What does he mean by that? And what does he mean when saying that he found them in the bottom of a bottle?

    - I know that "to put on a pedestal" means "to think very good of someone all the time, to see them flawless" but here he says "that" pedestal and "to be back". I mean, pedestal is supposed to be a metaphor but by saying "to be back on" it sounds like he is talking about something physical. What does he mean in this sentence?

    I would really appreciate the help, thank you in advance.

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    Re: "bottom of a bottle" and "back on that pedestal"

    I don't know why the author used the word "qualities" but he means that he did things while he was drunk that that the father disapproved of, and he wants to return to a state when his father things well of him.

    at the bottom of a bottle = after drinking = in a state of drunkeness

    be back on = return to being on
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    Re: "bottom of a bottle" and "back on that pedestal"

    Thank you. It is really intriguing that he calls his crimes qualities. Wonder what that means.

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