I've been reading "A Mind to Murder" and, as usual with P.D. James who uses beautiful and complex British language, there are some words and phrases I do not understand. Can anyone help me?
1. Mr Burge lay in comfort on a couch the better to expound the complications of his psyche.
2. Dr Steiner sat at his head in a chair of the carefully documented type which the Hospital Management Comitee had decreed for the use of consultants.
Thanks a lot.
... except that to my ears the form 'the better to...' conveys more of a sense of purpose than result - so that I'd have said 'Mr. Burge lay in comfort on a couch, so that he could explain his psyche better.'