It was a sort of vault on the ground floor at the back, with a despotic monster of a four-post bedstead in it, straddling over the whole place, putting one of his arbitrary legs into the fireplace and another into the doorway, and squeezing the wretched little washing-stand in quite a Divinely Righteous manner.
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He was elected as a constitutional president, but quickly became a despot.
Today’s benign dictator is replaced by tomorrow’s despot.