flamboyant:adj, bold, brilliant, showy(110)
curmudgeon: noun: bad tempered, difficult person(134)
"He could do very little socially unless he had a stiff drink first, but it never just one, and as four went to five and to six, the alcohol in his system magnified rather than smoothed his moods."(134)
This quote is describing her father's drinking problem when she was a child. In the pages before she talks about the family history of being heavy drinkers. This quote is significant because it describes the type of atmosphere she lived in, and how affected her childhood, and how she was raised.