Pere Tanguy says to Armand about Vincent:

Pere Tanguy: He joined his uncle's art dealership and was thrown out in disgrace. He tried for his father's profession, the church, but the pastor exams were too hard for him, so he took a job as a lowly missionary. He managed to get sacked even from that. Yet another dead end.

What does "dead end" refer to?

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"dead end" here refers to a situation Vincent is in where there are no prospects of any progress.


A dead end is a place where a road abruptly ends.

By analogy, Vincent has tried taking an art-dealer's career path, and a clergyman's career path, but in both situations failed in such a way that he can proceed no further down either path (as if each were now a dead-end street to him).

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