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FURNITURE
[ Also see Bed ]

Carved with figures strange and sweet,
  All made out of the carver's brain.
      - Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Christabel
         (pt. I)

I love it, I love it, and who shall dare
  To chide me for loving that old arm-chair?
      - Eliza Cook, Old Arm-Chair

Joint-stools were then created; on three legs
  Upborne they stood. Three legs upholding firm
    A massy slab, in fashion square or round.
      On such a stool immortal Alfred sat.
      - William Cowper, Sofa (bk. I, l. 19)

Ingenious Fancy, never better pleased
  Than when employ'd t' accommodate the fair,
    Heard the sweet moan of pity, and devised
      The soft settee; one elbow at each end,
        And in the midst an elbow it received,
          United yet divided, twain at once.
      - William Cowper, Task (bk. I, l. 71)

Necessity invented stools,
  Convenience next suggested elbow-chairs,
    And luxury the accomplish'd Sofa last.
      - William Cowper, Task (bk. I, l. 86)

A three-legged table, O ye fates!
      - Horace (Quintus Horatius Flaccus)

When on my three-foot stool I sit and tell
  The warlike feats I have done, his spirits fly out
    Into my story; say 'Thus mine enemy fell,
      And thus I set my foot on's neck,' even then
        The princely blood flows in his cheek, he sweats,
          Strains his young nerves, and puts himself in posture
            That acts my words.
      - William Shakespeare, Cymbeline
         (Belarius at III, iii)

I have been black and blue in some spot, somewhere, almost all my life from too-intimate contacts with my own furniture.
      - Frank Lloyd Wright


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