[…] there was nothing on [his desk] at all. It was completely blank, as was every other surface in his office.
     ‘Do you have no ornaments in here at all, Mr. Standish?’ [Kate] asked.
     He was, for a moment, somewhat taken aback by her transatlantic directness, but then he answered her.
     ‘Indeed I have ornaments,’ he said, and pulled open another drawer. He pulled out from this a small china model of a kitten playing with a ball of wool and put it firmly on the desk in front of him.
     ‘As a psychologist I am aware of the important role that ornamentation plays in nourishing the human spirit,’ he pronounced.
     He put the china kitten back into the drawer and slid it closed with a smooth click.
     -Douglas Adams, The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul

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