Student or Learner
She went up to him and clasped her arms around his body awkwardly, with a gesture that had in it something barbaric.
[They are standing now.]
His anger vanished and he drew her down on his knees.
(W.S. Maugham; The Pool)
I surmise that it should mean, as it were, 'he sat and made her sit on his knees'.
Am I right?