When we got home this evening there was a package sitting on the chair next to the front door, and it had Doc's name on it. This was mysterious as he never uses our home address for deliveries; we both get stuff sent to our PO box or our offices.
It was quite clearly a book, and when he opened the padded envelope it turned out to be a new book on Hume that had been sent by the publishers. That isn't unusual in itself, publishers send free copies of books to academics in the hopes they will add them to a class reading list, but you do usually have to request them. And, again, that is exactly the sort of thing that would normally be sent to Doc's office. There was a dispatch receipt in the envelope too, and I noticed that had our PO box address on it, not our home address.
So now we are very confused, and still no closer to working out who sent this to Doc or, rather, suggested the publishers should. Would anyone care to take credit? We'd be most interested!
I was toying with the idea of telling him there was a magical creature, like the Easter Bunny, who brought nice new books to good little Doctors of Philosophy, but something tells me he probably won't fall for that one.