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By Charles Dickens

David Copperfield is the tale of a tender man’s adventures on his trip from an unsatisfied and impoverished early life to the invention of his vocation as a profitable novelist. one of the gloriously shiny solid of characters he encounters are his tyrannical stepfather, Mr. Murdstone; his bold aunt, Betsey Trotwood; the forever humble but treacherous Uriah Heep; frivolous, mesmerizing Dora; and the magnificently impecunious Micawber, considered one of literature’s nice comedian creations. In David Copperfield—the novel he defined as his “favorite child”—Dickens drew revealingly on his personal reports to create considered one of his such a lot exuberant and enduringly well known works, packed with tragedy and comedy in equivalent degree. This variation makes use of the textual content of the 1st publication version of 1850 comprises up-to-date feedback for additional analyzing, a revised chronology, and accelerated notes advent discusses the novel's autobiographical parts and its vital subject matters of reminiscence and id

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Miss Betsey, looking round the room, slowly and inquiringly, began on the other side, and carried her eyes on, like a Saracen's Head in a Dutch clock, until they reached my mother. Then she made a frown and a gesture to my mother, like one who was accustomed to be obeyed, to come and open the door. My mother went. 'Mrs. David Copperfield, I think,' said Miss Betsey; the emphasis referring, perhaps, to my mother's mourning weeds, and her condition. 'Yes,' said my mother, faintly. 'Miss Trotwood,' said the visitor.

Whether sea-going people were short of money about that time, or were short of faith and preferred cork jackets, I don't know; all I know is, that there was but one solitary bidding, and that was from an attorney connected with the bill-broking business, who offered two pounds in cash, and the balance in sherry, but declined to be guaranteed from drowning on any higher bargain. Consequently the advertisement was withdrawn at a dead loss—for as to sherry, my poor dear mother's own sherry was in the market then—and ten years afterwards the caul was put up in a raffle down in our part of the country, to fifty members at half-a-crown a head, the winner to spend five shillings.

Copperfield was very kind to me, and took a great deal of notice of me, and paid me a good deal of attention, and at last proposed to me. And I accepted him. And so we were married,' said my mother simply. 'Ha! ' mused Miss Betsey, with her frown still bent upon the fire. ' 'I beg your pardon, ma'am,' faltered my mother. 'About keeping house, for instance,' said Miss Betsey. 'Not much, I fear,' returned my mother. 'Not so much as I could wish. But Mr. ') said Miss Betsey in a parenthesis. —'And I hope I should have improved, being very anxious to learn, and he very patient to teach me, if the great misfortune of his death'—my mother broke down again here, and could get no farther.

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