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"In the strained, yellowy light . . ."

There isn't a standard meaning of "strained light". This is literary personification of the light. That means some readers might have slightly different interpretations. The author wants to ...
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"Windows tilted open to the chill day"

I think this is simply a poetic variation of the stock phrase open to the weather. day does not have a calendar sense there, but refers to what the day has brought (chill); and "open to" ...
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"William's heart jumps at the sight of such small bodies . . ."

In the phrase "William's heart jumps at the sight of such small bodies", "heart jumps" is used to describe the feeling of sudden shock. The "heart jumps" wording is ...
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A very tight fit

The only situation where this would work is if the reason it is hard to get an invitation is that the room is too crowded (people literally squeezing in tightly). And a situation like that might ...
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Globus or globus sensation vs. feeling a big throat

It's not a common idiom or phrase. I'm not 100 percent sure what the author was going for here, but my best guess is that they wanted to evoke the feeling of one's throat tightening - when you're ...
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"William's heart jumps at the sight of such small bodies . . ."

This Ngram shows that, apart from a spike in the 1860s, the frequency of [his/her/my] heart winced has suddenly increased. (That spike seems to result from two much-published works, one of which is a ...
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