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The plot, in which three friends, Gilbert, Walter, and Samuel, endeavor to overcome their guardians' tightfistedness and efforts to dictate who they can marry, seems a conventional one.
As for tightfistedness, it means being miserly and restrictive (al-tadyiq) in spending on what is necessary and unavoidable, like on food provisioning for family (aqwat al-ahl) and on the wellbeing of dependents (masalih al-'iyal).
While such dubiety is understandable considering the beating these financiers took during the near-annihilation of the world's economy, their newfound tightfistedness triggered a significant drop in life sciences and medical device venture funding in the last quarter of 2010.