"Emerson was a big hit at parties. He drank enormous quantities without getting drunk. All the beer did to him was increase the fluency of his demonstrative gifts as a raconteur. He could act both parts while describing points in a particular match, whirling about the room as he played imaginary lobs and drop shots and gave a running commentary at the same time. Usually, such points ended with Emerson poised near a beer-laden refrigerator."