I once called upon an elderly lawyer, who greeted me warmly and invited me to be seated. As I was about to take the chair in front of his desk, he motioned me into a different one.
Before, I left, however, he invited me to try the first chair. I did so, and after a short time noticed an uncomfortable desire to rise. 'that chair I reserve for law-book sellers, bill collectors and pesky clients,? my host explained. 'the front legs are sawed off two inches shorter than the back ones.?