And this poverty they could not hide, for the sizars
were obliged to wear a different cap and gown from that of the gentlemen commoners.
Born in London in 1552, the son of a clothmaker, Spenser past from the newly established Merchant Taylors' school to Pembroke Hall, Cambridge, as a sizar
, or poor student, and during the customary seven years of residence took the degrees of B.
But it had an influence in placing obstacles in the way of her association with Mrs Gowan by making the Prunes and Prism school excessively polite to her, but not very intimate with her; and Little Dorrit, as an enforced sizar
of that college, was obliged to submit herself humbly to its ordinances.
The existence of a third set of undergraduates called servitors at Oxford and sizars
at Cambridge was again visually displayed when members of the college gathered together to eat: sizars
and servitors waited at the tables of the fellows, fellow-commoners, and commoners or pensioners.