"Mr. Jaggers' own high-backed chair was of deadly black horse hair, with rows of brass nails round it , like a coffin... The room was but small, and the clients seemed to have had a habit of backing up against the wall; the wall, especially opposite to Mr. Jaggers' chair, being greasy with shoulders."
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Answered by henry
It tells you that this man is a formidable character. Even the criminals that he defends back away from him. The description of the chair oozes power and shows the serious side of his nature when doing business.