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Under the influence of this injury (and perhaps of some little straitness and irregularity in the matter of wages), he had grown neglectful of his person and morose in mind; and now beholding in Clennam one of the degraded body of his oppressors, received him with ignominy.
This effect is contributed to by what we might call tile straitness of time.
By analogy, then, the gallery too became a miniature, within a vaster space, and here once again Hendeles's notes pointed somewhere I might not otherwise have arrived: to Jesus's parable of the wedding feast, which ends, "Many are called, but few are chosen," a sentence often read as describing the straitness of the gate that leads to heaven.