How would you explain ‘fall out of it’ in the context?
Fifty-eight minutes: the administrator returned in a high mood, smelling a little of pulque. At the sight of the Penitent he fell into his chair, abruptly depressed. Lately he can summon little courage for the beatings. “Oh, it’s Shepherd, our troublesome foreigner. What is it today?”
“Reading in the class again, sir. And participating in a contest of sorts.”
“Of what sort?”
“Of spitting to hit a mark on the floor, sir.”
“Anything that might improve your character? The reading, I mean.”
“No, sir. Booth Tarkington.”
The administrator leaned so far back in his chair, it appeared he might fall out of it, or else begin a nap.
How would you explain ‘fall out of it’ in the last sentence: it appeared he might fall out of it…?
Does it mean the administrator might fall out of the chair?