How would you interpret this sentence?
How would you interpret the seventh sentence ‘“I mean if you’re gonna do it, do it right”’?
I would think the speaker meant if anyone wanted to kill himself, he should do it neatly. What do you think?
PS: the excerpt is taken from “Kneller’s Happy Campers” written by an Israeli author, Etgar Keret. And I’m reading an English translation.
I met Uzi Gelfand at Stiff Drinks, almost by accident. He acted real friendly. Bought me a beer and everything, which weirded me out cause I figured he must be trying to stick it to me or something. But pretty soon I saw he wasn’t onto me at all, just bored. He was a few years older than me, and going bald, so the little scar—the one on his right temple where the bullet went in—stuck out even more, and so did the other one, which was much bigger, on the left side, where it went out. “Used a dumdum,” Gelfand goes, and winks at two girls standing at the bar right next to us drinking Diet Coke. “I mean if you’re gonna do it, do it right.” It wasn’t until after those two ditched us for some blond guy with a ponytail that he admitted he’d only chatted me up cause he thought we were together. “Not that it makes any difference,” he says, and head-butts the bar—but not very hard, just trying to chill. “Even if you’d introduced me they’da gone off with some blond guy in the end. That’s just how it is. Every girl I meet—they always have a blond guy waiting for them somewhere. But I’m not bitter. No way. A little desperate maybe, but not bitter.”