folded small as an apology

MaryamSeresht

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Persian
Hi,

Here, Harold is in a Hotel, he wakes up and finds surprisingly that he's in a hotel room, and looks at everything like a stranger, he looks at curtains, wardrobe, a sink and so on, as if he forgets that he left home, and now is in a hotel.

In the far corner stood a sink, beneath a mirror. His shirt, tie and trousers were folded small as an apology on a faded blue-velvet chair.
Could the bold line mean he folded his clothes so small as if he was ashamed of them?

It's part of "The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry"by Rachel Joyce, British writer.

Many thanks.
 
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