Get busy living, or get busy dying.
You could argue he'd done it to curry favor with the guards. Or, maybe make a few friends among us cons. Me, I think he did it just to feel normal again, if only for a short while.
We sat and drank with the sun on our shoulders and felt like free men. Hell, we could have been tarring the roof of one of our own houses. We were the lords of all creation. As for Andy - he spent that break hunkered in the shade, a strange little smile on his face, watching us drink his beer.
'Some birds aren't meant to be caged -- their feathers are just too bright
'Fear can hold you prisoner. Hope can set you free.'
Andy Dufresne: I understand you're a man who knows how to get things.