Here we have the most practical of things, an umbrella. But this is an especially practical umbrella.
Note the handle which opens out to reveal a wide leather strap which provides a seat when you are tired.
And the tip has a metal plate to stop it from sinking into the earth while you are resting on the seat.
What you do if you want to sit down while it is raining isn't in the instruction manual :)
"It is not for nothing, either, that the umbrella has become the very foremost badge of modern civilization--the Urim and Thummim of respectability. . . . ." ~ Robert Louis Stevenson in Philosophy of Umbrellas
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