Demesne/distract

The former Mrs. Tickerston distracted her husband Peabody Tickerston by saying “Hey, look! The Goodyear blimp,” causing him to absentmindedly sign the papers ensuring that she would now hold all 20 acres of his land in demesne, including his 10 cows and 8 billygoats, and that he would now be a homeless owner of one cat.
-Gladys Potter

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