Hmmm.... I thought as I wrote it that "straightened" looked odd. The correct adjective in the cliche is "straitened." John Hess Leathers's granddaughter needed someone to come and straighten out her house, but I guess she was in straitened circumstances. She reminded me of the time a Philadelphia "Enquirer" cub reporter discovered a direct descendant of William Penn who was living in a dump on the southside of the city. The young man remarked to the old lady (who probably looked about like the granddaughter of John Hess Leathers of Louisville) that it must be quite an honor to be descended from The Founder. "It would be," the lady replied, "if we hadn't descended so goddammed far."