He had been left alone for scarcely two minutes, and when we came back we found him in his armchair, peacefully gone to sleep - but forever.
Concern for all things lowly was almost an article of faith for the Wedgwood cousins, who taught young Darwin to euthanize earthworms in brine before impaling them on a fishhook.
Scarcely less prominent was an ample cushioned easy- chair near the head of the bed, also white, with a footstool before it; and looking, as I thought, like a pale throne.
And of course, there is something near unique about pet bereavement - the issue of euthanasia.
Qiu, 77, was the first Chinese scientist to introduce Western bioethics concepts, such as euthanasia and brain death, into the country.
She sank into the easy chair, put her feet up on the footstool, and allowed herself to doze off, just for a bit.
Another point that the "Pro- life "lobby try to get across is that they believe no one dies painfully now, because of hospices and modern drugs, so euthanasia is not needed.
She was so weak and exhausted that she had to lie back in the easy chair.
Most countries muddle along, turning a blind eye to those determined and rich enough to travel to Switzerland.
Evey sat down in an easy chair beside Ace and rested her stocking feet on his knees.