In this portion Isaac Peabody, the watchmaker, who has a fear of the Cathedral anything to do with it, ends up meeting the Dean and sharing a conversation.
He had never thought of the Olympian figures of the Close as in need of compassion; not, he supposed, had anybody else in the city. All of them, and especially the terrible Dean, had seemed to live in a world where compassion was not necessary. He saw now that it was the very first necessity, always and everywhere, and should flow between all men, always and everywhere. Men lived with their nearest and dearest and knew little of them, and strangers passing by in the street where as impersonal as trees walking, and all the while there was this deep affinity, for all men suffered.