W. E. Crisp: The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Completed in 1914

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FTER breakfast, while Mrs. Tope was clearing the table, Mr. Datchery seated himself in a prickly horse-hair chair, known in his landlady's vernacular by the misnomer of "heasy." Its principal claim to the adjective came from its propensity to slide the occupant forwards towards its edge until the close proximity of his chin to his chcst suggested the desirability of hitching himself into a more upright position, and as this particular movement was necessary at frequent intervals, the easiness of the chair had certainly the virtue of preventing waste of time by discouraging any inclination to somnolency on the part of the occupant.

Mr. Datchery, however, being particularly wide awake, contented himself with sitting in the chair and resting his elbows on the arms, thus using them as a lever to heave himself into an upright position at the above-mentioned frequent and regular intervals.

Mrs. Tope, while busying herself with the removal of the breakfast-things, opined that it was a fine morning.

Mr. Datchery, jerking himself out of a brown study into which he had fallen, admitted the truth of this remark.

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