What is John's impression of Mr. Pignati when he and Lorraine first visit his house in The Pigman?

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When John and Lorraine first visited the Pigman's house, John was blown away by how happy the old man seemed to be to see them, even though it was the first time they had met.  He says,

"...the part that slaughtered me was this great big smile on his face.  He looked so glad to see us I thought his eyes were going to twinkle out of his head.  He wouldn've made one @#$% of a Santa Claus if you had put a white beard on him and stuck him on a street corner in December with a little whiskey on his breath".

Despite this, John admits to being "scared stiff" when Mr. Pignati went into the kitchen to get some wine.  John realized that he and Lorraine knew nothing about the man;

"He could've been some psycho with an electric carving knife who'd dismember our bodies and wouldn't get caught until our teeth clogged up a sewer or something like that".

Ultimately, however, it was Mr. Pignati's undeniably obvious pleasure at having their company that was the strongest element in John's first impression of the old man.  John remembers that Mr. Pignati looked "just like a great big kid - so happy we were there", and when he and Lorraine insisted that they had to leave, "his smile and bright eyes faded in front of (them)", and John "couldn't help feeling sorry" (Chapter 5).