“It was a large, dark room, furnished in a funereal manner with black horsehair, and loaded with heavy dark tables.  These had been oiled and oiled, until the two tall candles on the table in the middle of the room were gloomily reflected on every leaf; as if they were buried, in deep graves of black mahogany, and no light to speak of could be expected from them until they were dug out.”

~Charles Dickens (A Tale of Two Cities)
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