David Copperfield

David Copperfield

David Copperfield Character Analysis

David Copperfield is both the protagonist and narrator of the novel, which takes the form of his autobiography and follows his life from birth to marriage and family. He is the son of Clara and David Copperfield but is orphaned at a young age and raised largely by his great-aunt, Miss Betsey Trotwood. Although David comes from a middle-class family background, his father's impracticality and his mother's remarriage to Mr. Murdstone mean that David spends much of his youth forced to make his own way in the world, haunted by the threat of poverty. David works hard to achieve financial security, working multiple jobs at the same time and eventually finding lasting success as a writer. The necessity of earning his own living has a beneficial effect on David's character; as a child, David is fairly meek and passive, but the experiences he goes through force him to develop a more active and independent streak, in line with Victorian gender expectations. Nevertheless, many aspects of David's personality remain constant over time—particularly his dreamy and sensitive nature, coupled with a vivid memory and a tendency toward nostalgia. His personal life is tumultuous, largely because he unwisely marries Dora Spenlow at a young age. Although the two feel real affection for one another, Dora's childishness prevents their relationship from maturing and deepening. It is only when Dora dies and David marries Agnes Wickfield that he finds an emotional and intellectual companion.

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Chapter 1 Quotes

Whether I shall turn out to be the hero of my own life, or whether that station will be held by anybody else, these pages must show.

Related Characters: David Copperfield (speaker)
Page Number: 15
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Chapter 2 Quotes

This may be fancy, though I think the memory of most of us can go farther back into such times than many of us suppose; just as I believe the power of observation in numbers of very young children to be quite wonderful for its closeness and accuracy. Indeed, I think that most grown men who are remarkable in this respect, may with greater propriety be said not to have lost the faculty, than to have acquired it; the rather, as I generally observe such men to retain a certain freshness, and gentleness, and capacity of being pleased, which are also an inheritance they have preserved from their childhood.

Related Characters: David Copperfield (speaker)
Page Number: 24
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Chapter 8 Quotes

Ah, what a strange feeling it was to be going home when it was not home, and to find that every object I looked at, reminded me of the happy old home, which was like a dream I could never dream again! The days when my mother and I and Peggotty were all in all to one another, and there was no one to come between us, rose up before me so sorrowfully on the road, that I am not sure I was glad to be there.

Related Characters: David Copperfield (speaker), Peggotty, Mr. Murdstone , Clara Copperfield
Page Number: 101
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Chapter 10 Quotes

What happiness (I thought) if we were married, and were going away anywhere to live among the trees and in the fields, never growing older, never growing wiser, children ever, rambling hand in hand through sunshine and among flowery meadows, laying down our heads on moss at night, in a sweet sleep of purity and peace, and buried by the birds when we were dead!

Related Characters: David Copperfield (speaker), Little Em'ly (Emily)
Page Number: 133
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Chapter 11 Quotes

I set down this remembrance here, because it is an instance to myself of the manner in which I fitted my old books to my altered life, and made stories for myself, out of the streets, and out of men and women; and how some main points in the character I shall unconsciously develop, I suppose, in writing my life, were gradually forming all this while.

Related Characters: David Copperfield (speaker), Mr. Micawber
Page Number: 150–151
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Chapter 14 Quotes

The two things clearest in my mind were, that a remoteness had come upon the old Blunderstone life—which seemed to lie in the haze of an immeasurable distance; and that a curtain had for ever fallen on my life at Murdstone and Grinby's. No one has ever raised that curtain since. I have lifted it for a moment, even in this narrative, with a reluctant hand, and dropped it gladly.

Related Characters: David Copperfield (speaker), Mr. Murdstone
Page Number: 188
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Chapter 15 Quotes

I cannot call to mind where or when, in my childhood, I had seen a stained glass window in a church. Nor do I recollect its subject. But I know that when I saw her turn round, in the grave light of the old staircase, and wait for us, above, I thought of that window; and that I associated something of its tranquil brightness with Agnes Wickfield ever afterwards.

Related Characters: David Copperfield (speaker), Agnes Wickfield
Related Symbols: Stained Glass Window
Page Number: 194
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Chapter 16 Quotes

"Perhaps you'll be a partner in Mr. Wickfield's business, one of these days," I said, to make myself agreeable; "and it will be Wickfield and Heep, or Heep late Wickfield."

"Oh, no, Master Copperfield," returned Uriah, shaking his head, "I am much too umble for that!"

Related Characters: David Copperfield (speaker), Uriah Heep (speaker), Mr. Wickfield
Page Number: 204
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Chapter 21 Quotes

"You see," he said, wiping his head, and breathing with difficulty, "she hasn't taken much to any companions here; she hasn't taken kindly to any particular acquaintances and friends, no to mention sweethearts. In consequence, an ill-natured story got about, that Em'ly wanted to be a lady. Now my opinion is, that it came into circulation principally on account of her saying, at the school, that if she was a lady she would like to do so and so for her uncle—don't you see?—and buy him such and such fine things."

Related Characters: Mr. Omer (speaker), David Copperfield, Little Em'ly (Emily), Peggotty
Page Number: 261
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Chapter 22 Quotes

"I have been sitting here," said Steerforth, glancing round the room, "thinking that all the people we found so glad on the night of our coming down, might—to judge from the present wasted air of the place—to be dispersed, or dead, or come to I don't know what harm. David, I wish to God I had had a judicious father these last twenty years."

"My dear Steerforth, what is the matter?"

"I wish with all my soul I had been better guided!" he exclaimed. "I wish with all my soul I could guide myself better!"

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Page Number: 275
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Chapter 25 Quotes

"There are some low minds (not many, I am happy to believe, but there are some) that would prefer to do what I should call bow down before idols. Postively Idols! Before services, intellect, and so on. But these are intangible points. Blood is not so. We see Blood in a nose, and we know it, We meet with it in a chin, and we say, 'There it is! That's Blood!'"

Related Characters: David Copperfield
Page Number: 317
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Chapter 27 Quotes

"However," he said, "it's not that we haven't made a beginning towards housekeeping. No, no; we have begun. We must get on by degrees, but we have begun. Here," drawing the cloth off with great pride and care, "are two pieces of furniture to commence with. This flower-pot and stand, she bought herself. You put that in a parlor-window," said Traddles, falling a little back from it to survey it with the greater admiration, "with a plant in it, and—and there you are! This little round table with the marble top (it's two feet ten in circumference), I bought."

Related Characters: Tommy Traddles (speaker), David Copperfield, Sophy Crewler
Related Symbols: Flower Pot and Table
Page Number: 343
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Chapter 31 Quotes

I cannot bear to think of what did come, upon that memorable night; of what must come again, if I go on.

It is no worse, because I write of it. It would be no better, if I stopped my most unwilling hand. It is done. Nothing can undo it; nothing can make it otherwise than as it was.

Related Characters: David Copperfield (speaker), James Steerforth, Little Em'ly (Emily)
Page Number: 377
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Chapter 33 Quotes

What an idle time! What an unsubstantial, happy, foolish time! Of all the times of mine that Time has in his grip, there is none that in one retrospection I can smile at half so much, and think of half so tenderly.

Related Characters: David Copperfield (speaker), Dora Spenlow
Page Number: 410
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Chapter 35 Quotes

Wherever Agnes was, some agreeable token of her noiseless presence seemed inseparable from the place. When I came back, I found my aunt's birds hanging, just as they had hung so long in the parlor window of the cottage; and my easy chair imitating my aunt's much easier chair in its position at the open window; and even the round green fan, which my aunt had brought away with her, screwed on to the window-sill. I knew who had done all this, by its seeming to have quietly done itself; and I should have known in a moment who had arranged my neglected books in the open order of my school days, even if I had supposed Agnes to be miles away.

Related Characters: David Copperfield (speaker), Agnes Wickfield, Miss Betsey Trotwood
Page Number: 430
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Chapter 39 Quotes

"Father and me was both brought up at a foundation for boys; and mother, she was likewise brought up at a public, sort of charitable, establishment. They taught us all a deal of umbleness—not much else that I know of, from morning to night. We was to be umble to this person, and umble to that; and to pull off our caps here, and to make bows there; and always to know our place, and abase ourselves before our betters […] Father got made a sexton by being umble. He had the character, among the gentlefolks, of being such a well-behaved man, that they were determined to bring him in."

Related Characters: Uriah Heep (speaker), David Copperfield, Mrs. Heep
Page Number: 479–480
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"Weak indulgence has ruined me. Indulgence in remembrance, and indulgence in forgetfulness. My natural grief for my child's mother turned to disease; my natural love for my child turned to disease. I have infected everything I touched."

Related Characters: Mr. Wickfield (speaker), David Copperfield, Agnes Wickfield
Page Number: 482
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Chapter 42 Quotes

Some happy talent, and some fortunate opportunity, may form the two sides of the ladder on which some men mount, but the rounds of that ladder must be made of stuff to stand wear and tear; and there is no substitute for thorough-going, ardent, and sincere earnestness. Never to put one hand to anything, on which I could throw my whole self; and never to affect depreciation of my work, whatever it was, I find, now, to have been my golden rules.

How much of the practice I have just reduced to precept, I owe to Agnes, I will not repeat here. My narrative proceeds to Agnes, with a thankful love.

Related Characters: David Copperfield (speaker), Agnes Wickfield, Dora Spenlow
Page Number: 507
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Chapter 45 Quotes

"There is nothing," said Annie, "that we have in common. I have long found that there is nothing. If I were thankful to my husband for no more, instead of for so much, I should be thankful to him for having saved me from the first mistaken impulse of my undisciplined heart."

Page Number: 552
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Chapter 47 Quotes

"What shall I ever do!" she said, fighting thus with her despair. "How can I go on as I am, a solitary curse to myself, a living disgrace to every one I come near!" Suddenly she turned to my companion. "Stamp upon me, kill me! When she was you pride, you would have thought I had done her harm if I brushed against her in the street. You can't believe—why should you?—a syllable that comes out of my lips. It would be a burning shame upon you, even now, if she and I exchanged a word."

Page Number: 570
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Chapter 48 Quotes

Finding at last, however, that, although I had been all this time a very porcupine or hedgehog, bristling all over with determination, I had effected nothing, it began to occur to me that perhaps Dora's mind was already formed.

Related Characters: David Copperfield (speaker), Dora Spenlow
Related Symbols: Jip
Page Number: 580
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Chapter 50 Quotes

"The miserable vanity of these earth-worms!" she said, when she had so far controlled the angry heavings of her breast, that she could trust herself to speak. "Your home! Do you imagine that I bestow a thought on it, or suppose you could do any harm to that low place, which money would not pay for, and handsomely? Your home! You were a part of the trade of your home, and were bought and sold like any other vendible thing your people dealt in."

Page Number: 599
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Chapter 52 Quotes

"Copperfield, I have always hated you. You've always been an upstart, and you've always been against me."

"As I think I told you once before," said I, "it is you who have been, in your greed and cunning, against all the world. It may be profitable to you to reflect, n future, that there never were greed and cunning in the world yet, that did not do too much, and over-reach themselves. It is as certain as death."

Related Characters: David Copperfield (speaker), Uriah Heep (speaker)
Page Number: 631
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Chapter 53 Quotes

"I am afraid it would have been better, if we had only loved each other as a boy and girl, and forgotten it. I have begun to think I was not fit to be a wife.

[…] If I had been more fit to be married, I might have made you more so, too. Besides you are very clever, and I never was."

"We have been very happy, my sweet Dora."

"I was very happy, very. But, as years went on, my dear boy would have wearied of his child-wife. She would have been less and less a companion for him. He would have been more and more sensible of what was wanting in his home. She wouldn't have improved. It is better as it is."

Related Characters: David Copperfield (speaker), Dora Spenlow (speaker), Agnes Wickfield
Related Symbols: Jip
Page Number: 638
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Chapter 54 Quotes

"When I lost the rest, I thought it wise to say nothing about that sum, but to keep it secretly for a rainy day. I wanted to see how you would come out of the trial, Trot; and you came out nobly—persevering, self-reliant, self-denying! So did Dick."

Page Number: 647
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Chapter 55 Quotes

And on that part of [the shore] where she and I had looked for shells, two children—on that part of it where some lighter fragments of the old boat, blown down last night, had been scattered by the wind—among the ruins of the home he had wronged—I saw him lying with his head upon his arm, as I had often seen him lie at school.

Related Symbols: The Sea
Page Number: 661
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Chapter 57 Quotes

"I wish Mr. Micawber, if I make myself understood," said Mrs. Micawber, in her argumentative tone, "to be the Caesar of his own fortunes. That, my dear Mr. Copperfield, appears to me to be his true position. From the first moment of this voyage, I wish Mr. Micawber to stand upon that vessel's prow and say, 'Enough of delay: enough of disappointment: enough of limited means. That was in the old country. This is the new. Produce you reparation. Bring it forward!'"

Related Characters: Mrs. Micawber (speaker), David Copperfield, Mr. Micawber
Page Number: 673
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Chapter 58 Quotes

I had thought, much and often, of my Dora's shadowing out to me what might have happened, in those years that were destined not to try us; I had considered how the things that never happen, are often as much realities to us, in their effects, as those that are accomplished. The very years she spoke of, were realities now, for my correction […] I endeavoured to convert what might have been between myself and Agnes, into a means of making me more self-denying, more resolved, more conscious of myself, and my defects and errors.

Related Characters: David Copperfield (speaker), Agnes Wickfield, Dora Spenlow
Page Number: 681
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Chapter 62 Quotes

And O, Agnes, even out of thy true eyes, in that same time, the spirit of my child-wife looked upon me, saying it was well; and winning me, through thee, to tenderest recollections of the Blossom that had withered in its bloom!

Related Characters: David Copperfield (speaker), Agnes Wickfield, Dora Spenlow
Page Number: 716
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Chapter 64 Quotes

O Agnes, O my soul, so may thy face be by me when I close my life indeed; so may I, when realities are melting from me like the shadows which I now dismiss, still find thee near me, pointing upward!

Related Characters: David Copperfield (speaker), Agnes Wickfield
Page Number: 729
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David Copperfield Character Timeline in David Copperfield

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Chapter 1: I Am Born 
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David announces his intention to relate his life story, saying that the narrative itself will ultimately... (full context)
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David briefly describes his great-aunt. Miss Betsey, he says, had at one point been married to... (full context)
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David sets the scene for his birth. One Friday afternoon, his mother, Clara, is sitting at... (full context)
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...keeps her regularly updated on Clara's condition. When Miss Betsey learns that the newborn child (David) is a boy, however, she "[takes] her bonnet by the strings, in the manner of... (full context)
Chapter 2: I Observe
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David reflects on his earliest childhood memories, noting his belief that children are very skilled observers... (full context)
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One particular memory stands out to David. While reading aloud to Peggotty one day, David pauses and asks whether Peggotty ever married,... (full context)
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David continues reading and is eventually interrupted by the arrival of Clara, who has been visiting... (full context)
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David wakes up later to the sound of Peggotty and Clara arguing over whether it is... (full context)
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...subtly tense, with Peggotty spending less and less time with her employers. For his part, David continues to view Murdstone with suspicion. (full context)
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One morning, Mr. Murdstone takes David with him while he visits Lowestoft, where he introduces David to two of his friends,... (full context)
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When David and Mr. Murdstone return, Clara questions her son about the day he spent, and is... (full context)
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Sometime after David's outing with Mr. Murdstone, Peggotty asks whether David would like to come with her to... (full context)
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In the present, David remarks that it "touches [him] nearly now, although [he] tell[s] it lightly, to recollect how... (full context)
Chapter 3: I Have a Change
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Peggotty and David have a long trip to Yarmouth in a cart driven by a silent man David... (full context)
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David describes his impressions of the Peggotty home, which is clean and tidy but smells strongly... (full context)
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After the family has tea, David sits with little Em'ly on a locker (for storing sails), and pleasurably takes in the... (full context)
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The next morning, David and little Em'ly walk along the beach, comparing their family lives and noting the differences... (full context)
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...also like to move away from the sea, which she says frightens her. This puzzles David, because Emily seems, if anything, careless about the ocean. Emily, however, says she is only... (full context)
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As the days go by, David and little Em'ly develop a youthful (though "pure" and "disinterested") infatuation with one another. Their... (full context)
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The adults find David and little Em'ly's romance charming—even Mrs. Gummidge, who otherwise has a habit of complaining about... (full context)
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David spends two weeks with the Peggottys and develops a particular set of mental associations with... (full context)
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When David and Peggotty arrive at the Rookery, however, it is a strange servant who opens the... (full context)
Chapter 4: I Fall Into Disgrace
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As David sits in his room, thinking sadly about the cold welcome he has received, Clara and... (full context)
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David comes downstairs to hear Mr. Murdstone consoling Clara. Reflecting on this in the present, David... (full context)
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...sister, Miss Murdstone, arrives. She is a stern-looking, unattractive, and "metallic" woman, who, upon meeting David, remarks that he lacks manners. By the following morning, it is clear that she intends... (full context)
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...when Clara finally objects. She says that she knows she lacks the Murdstones' "firmness"—a quality David describes as "another name for tyranny"—but says that it is nevertheless "hard" not to have... (full context)
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Time passes, and David continues to be unhappy. Church now frightens him, because of the Murdstones' dour and unforgiving... (full context)
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During this time, David is being tutored by Clara. The lessons terrify David, because Mr. Murdstone and Miss Murdstone... (full context)
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David's one consolation during this period is the library left behind by his father. He reads... (full context)
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One morning, David comes downstairs to find Clara, Miss Murdstone, and Mr. Murdstone already assembled. Mr. Murdstone, holding... (full context)
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Mr. Murdstone leaves David locked in his bedroom. He remains there, frightened and angry, for the next several days;... (full context)
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Miss Murdstone fetches David from his room the next morning and brings him downstairs, where Clara urges him to... (full context)
Chapter 5: I Am Sent Away From Home
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Barkis and David are soon intercepted by Peggotty, who embraces David and gives him a bag of cakes... (full context)
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David and Barkis arrive at an inn in Yarmouth. David is nervous and overwhelmed as he... (full context)
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After dinner, David is transferred to a coach, where the other passengers make fun of him for supposedly... (full context)
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...coach finally stops at an inn in Whitechapel, but no one is there to meet David. He waits anxiously in the booking-office, wondering whether Mr. Murdstone intends for him to simply... (full context)
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After David has made his purchases, he and Mr. Mell arrive at an almshouse for poor women.... (full context)
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David and Mr. Mell leave the almshouse and board a coach, where David again falls asleep.... (full context)
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David finds a placard in the room that reads, "Take care of him. He bites." David... (full context)
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The month David spends waiting for his classmates to arrive is unhappy. He does well at his studies... (full context)
Chapter 6: I Enlarge My Circle of Acquaintance
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After a month has passed, David notices the man with the wooden leg cleaning the school in preparation for the arrival... (full context)
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...day, the head teacher, Mr. Sharp, returns. A student named Tommy Traddles arrives and tells David that Mr. Sharp's luxuriantly wavy hair is actually a wig. Traddles and David quickly strike... (full context)
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...named James Steerforth returns. The boys have been anticipating his arrival so they can present David to him: Steerforth is older, good-looking, and rich, and therefore the unofficial leader of the... (full context)
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That evening, Steerforth lays all the food out on David's bed and the boys stay up feasting and gossiping—an episode David remembers as magical to... (full context)
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...of the boys have gone to bed, Steerforth reiterates that he will "take care of" David. He also asks whether David has a sister, since he imagines she would be a... (full context)
Chapter 7: My 'First Half' at Salem House
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...any students who don't apply themselves in the new term. He then walks over to David and hits him a few times with his cane, which Creakle calls a "tooth." Creakle... (full context)
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Meanwhile, Steerforth continues to act as a protector for David, though he does not intervene on his behalf with Creakle. David, however, remains in awe... (full context)
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The students at Salem generally learn little because of their fear of Mr. Creakle. David, however, does manage to pick up "some crumbs of knowledge" from Mr. Mell, and is... (full context)
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...do. He also says he will ensure that his family provides Mell with some money. David is pleased with the "nobility" of this speech but also feels uncomfortable with Mell's departure.... (full context)
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Sometime later that term, Tungay announces that David has visitors. These turn out to be Mr. Peggotty and Ham, and the three share... (full context)
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At this point, Steerforth accidentally stumbles into the room, and David takes the opportunity to introduce him to Mr. Peggotty and Ham. Steerforth is effortlessly charming... (full context)
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After Ham and Mr. Peggotty leave, David considers telling Steerforth about little Em'ly, but is afraid Steerforth will mock him for his... (full context)
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The rest of the term passes without incident, leaving David only with a "jumble" of impressions of daily life. As the end of the term... (full context)
Chapter 8: My Holidays, Especially One Happy Afternoon
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The coach deposits David at an inn in Yarmouth, and the next morning, Mr. Barkis arrives to bring him... (full context)
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David is overcome by a "strange feeling" as he approaches his home; he realizes that it... (full context)
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Mr. Murdstone and Miss Murdstone are out, so David, Clara, and Peggotty spend a happy afternoon together. Over dinner, he relays Barkis's message to... (full context)
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David, Clara, and Peggotty continue to chat after dinner, David describing his experiences at school and... (full context)
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...her (Clara's) incompetence. She also accuses Peggotty of "insinuating" that Mr. Murdstone is cruel to David, and defends her own "submissiveness" to her husband. David writes that he later suspected Peggotty... (full context)
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...and it is cut short by Mr. Murdstone and Miss Murdstone arriving home. Clara sends David to bed, however, and he does not see the Murdstones until the following morning. At... (full context)
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A few days later, Clara makes the mistake of comparing David to the baby and remarking that they look similar. Miss Murdstone retorts that the two... (full context)
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Partly in an attempt to protect Clara, David avoids his mother, spending many evenings with Peggotty. This also attracts Mr. Murdstone's disapproval, however—ostensibly... (full context)
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David complies with Mr. Murdstone's wishes, and consequently spends most of his time feeling unwanted—or, as... (full context)
Chapter 9: I Have a Memorable Birthday
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David skips over most of the next half-year, saying only that he became increasingly infatuated with... (full context)
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David leaves the following day, and when he arrives in Yarmouth, he is greeted by a... (full context)
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When David enters the house, Miss Murdstone simply asks whether he has been measured for his mourning... (full context)
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David's memories of the days leading up to the funeral are confused, though he remembers being... (full context)
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Peggotty comes to David's room, and explains that Clara had been sick and unhappy for a long time, and... (full context)
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David explains that after Clara's death, he forgot what she had looked like most recently and... (full context)
Chapter 10: I Become Neglected, and Am Provided For
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Shortly after the funeral, Miss Murdstone gives Peggotty a month's notice. David, however, is left in the dark about his own future, though Miss Murdstone hints that... (full context)
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One evening, David tells Peggotty that Mr. Murdstone seems to dislike him more than ever, despite David's own... (full context)
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...She is soon distracted, however, by the attention Barkis pays to her as she and David ride in his cart: he asks repeatedly whether she is comfortable, nudging her each time... (full context)
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David finds that Mr. Peggotty's house looks nearly the same as he remembers, and Mrs. Gummidge... (full context)
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After tea, Mr. Peggotty asks David about Steerforth, and David takes great pleasure in describing his friend's bravery, intelligence, and generosity.... (full context)
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That night, David listens to the wind and is troubled by the idea that it "moaned of those... (full context)
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...always wordlessly leaving behind some kind of gift for Peggotty. Finally, toward the end of David's stay, he and little Em'ly are asked to make a day trip with Barkis and... (full context)
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David is sad when Peggotty and Barkis drive off after depositing him and little Em'ly at... (full context)
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Mr. Murdstone and Miss Murdstone largely ignore David following his return, but he feels the neglect keenly and wishes he were allowed to... (full context)
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One day, David sees Mr. Murdstone talking with one of the men—Mr. Quinion—he had met during his visit... (full context)
Chapter 11: I Begin Life on My Own Account, and Don't Like It
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David remarks that although he is less naïve than he used to be, he still finds... (full context)
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...as a result. Most of its business comes from supplying alcohol to packet ships, and David's job is to clean, label, cork, and pack bottles. Although he shares this work with... (full context)
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On David's first day at work, Mr. Quinion introduces him to Mr. Micawber—David's new sublettor. Micawber is... (full context)
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Mrs. Micawber shows David his room and laments the necessity of taking in lodgers, implying that she grew up... (full context)
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Throughout this period, Mr. Murdstone pays for David's lodgings, but expects David to pay for his own food and other necessities. Being "young... (full context)
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One day, Mrs. Micawber approaches David and confesses that the family has run out of food, and David offers to give... (full context)
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David goes to visit Mr. Micawber in prison, and Micawber warns him not to mismanage his... (full context)
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...enough to secure Mr. Micawber's release. Mrs. Micawber therefore moves into prison with him, and David moves to a room nearby to keep them company. The Micawbers are in some sense... (full context)
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...the other inmates' interest in a petition to change the laws surrounding debt and imprisonment. David is there when the prisoners sign this document, and mentally invents backstories for all of... (full context)
Chapter 12: Liking Life on My Own Account No Better, I Form a Great Resolution
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...Micawber successfully secures his release from prison, and while he celebrates with his fellow inmates, David visits Mrs. Micawber. Mrs. Micawber proposes a toast to her parents, and explains that both... (full context)
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The realization that the Micawbers will soon leave London reminds David of just how lonely and unhappy his current life is. This sense of desperation only... (full context)
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On the Sunday before they leave, Mr. Micawber and Mrs. Micawber have David over for dinner, and both thank him for being a friend to them in difficult... (full context)
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David says goodbye to the Micawbers as they board a coach the next morning, and Mr.... (full context)
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The coach drives away, and David goes to work. He plans to run away soon, however, in the hopes of finding... (full context)
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Not wanting to cheat his employer out of any money, David waits until the end of the week, and then attempts to arrange for a box... (full context)
Chapter 13: The Sequel of My Resolution
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After stopping briefly to catch his breath, David continues on down the Kent Road toward Greenwich. He is worried about having so little... (full context)
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Leaving the shop, David decides to spend the night outside the walls of his old school. Once there, he... (full context)
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The sound of church bells ringing causes David to remember the sound of similar bells long ago in Yarmouth. In his present state,... (full context)
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David is tired and sore the next day, and decides to sell his jacket before heading... (full context)
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After his ordeal selling his jacket, David buys something to eat and then settles down to sleep under a haystack. He continues... (full context)
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After this experience, David goes out of his way to avoid fellow travelers, and focuses on a mental image... (full context)
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David asks several people for information about where Miss Betsey lives with little success: some joke... (full context)
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David and the maid eventually come to a "very neat little cottage" with a beautiful garden,... (full context)
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David recounts the circumstances that have brought him to Miss Betsey, and then bursts into tears.... (full context)
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While Miss Betsey and Mr. Dick are talking, David observes his surroundings. His aunt is "austere" but good-looking and wears plain, practical clothes that... (full context)
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...wandered across the grass in front of the cottage. This happens two more times before David actually has his bath, and he ultimately learns that keeping the lawn free of donkeys... (full context)
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After David's bath, Miss Betsey wraps David up in Mr. Dick's old clothes and sets him down... (full context)
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When David wakes up, he has dinner with Miss Betsey, who then calls Mr. Dick down to... (full context)
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Later that day, David, Miss Betsey, and Mr. Dick have tea, and Miss Betsey again asks what she should... (full context)
Chapter 14: My Aunt Makes Up Her Mind About Me
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Miss Betsey still seems to be mulling over David's fate the next morning at breakfast, and David finds her attention alarming. Eventually, she tells... (full context)
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David goes upstairs to Mr. Dick, whom he finds at work on what Miss Betsey has... (full context)
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Returning downstairs, David relays Mr. Dick's compliments to Miss Betsey, who asks David what he thinks of him... (full context)
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...for ten years, because he cannot manage to write it without referring to Charles I. David suspects that his aunt is recounting all of this more for her own benefit than... (full context)
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Over the next few days, David waits nervously for a response from Mr. Murdstone and tries to make himself "agreeable." Finally,... (full context)
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...the cottage on a donkey, and Miss Betsey tries to shoo her away even after David tells her who she is. Mr. Murdstone then arrives, and he, his sister, Miss Betsey,... (full context)
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When the Murdstones enter the room, David attempts to leave, but Miss Betsey insists that he stay. She and Miss Murdstone trade... (full context)
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...whom she introduces to the Murdstones. Mr. Murdstone then begins to describe the many problems David has caused him, as well as all the flaws in his character. He further explains... (full context)
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Mr. Murdstone says that he intends to take David back, and warns Miss Betsey that if she helps David now, he will not offer... (full context)
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...what killed Clara, and it is partly Mr. Murdstone's guilt that causes him to dislike David so intensely. She then repeats that the Murdstones should leave, and threatens to "knock [Miss... (full context)
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The Murdstones leave, and David embraces Miss Betsey, thanking her profusely. Miss Betsey announces to Mr. Dick that they will... (full context)
Chapter 15: I Make Another Beginning
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David and Mr. Dick begin flying a kite together every evening, after the latter finishes working... (full context)
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Meanwhile, David is also becoming closer to Miss Betsey, who now calls him "Trot." One evening, she... (full context)
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Miss Betsey and David leave the next day, and David learns on the way that they will be going... (full context)
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Once inside, David notices two portraits on the wall: one of a middle-aged man going over paperwork, and... (full context)
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Miss Betsey introduces Mr. Wickfield to David and asks for advice on which school to send him to. Mr. Wickfield responds that... (full context)
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Mr. Wickfield and Miss Betsey return without having found a suitable place for David to stay. Mr. Wickfield therefore offers to board David himself and, when Miss Betsey accepts,... (full context)
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...Betsey prepares to leave, Mr. Wickfield and Agnes exit the room to give her and David some privacy. David thanks his aunt again for her kindness, and she tells him to... (full context)
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Later that day, David dines with Mr. Wickfield and Agnes. Afterwards, Agnes sets out glasses and port for her... (full context)
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At some point earlier in the evening, David had walked out in front of the house so he could see all the houses... (full context)
Chapter 16: I Am a New Boy in More Senses Than One
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Mr. Wickfield takes David to school the next morning and introduces him to his new schoolmaster, who is named... (full context)
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Doctor Strong leads Mr. Wickfield and David to the schoolroom, which looks out on a garden. The other students are welcoming, but... (full context)
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Agnes greets David that evening, and the two discuss school; Agnes receives lessons at home so that she... (full context)
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At that moment, Mr. Wickfield returns home. He praises Doctor Strong to David, saying he is an extremely kind man and warning David not to be "one of... (full context)
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...compensation" for marrying an aging man. He then leaves quickly to dine with Annie, leaving David with the impression that he is a handsome but "rather shallow" man. (full context)
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Mr. Wickfield, David, and Agnes repeat their previous after-dinner routine, although this time Agnes also looks through David's... (full context)
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Before David goes to bed, Mr. Wickfield—his eyes "bloodshot" from drinking—asks David whether he wants to continue... (full context)
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Later that evening, David goes to read in Mr. Wickfield's study, but decides at the last minute to visit... (full context)
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...he needs to return home so as not to worry his mother, and asks whether David will be staying with the Wickfields long. David explains his situation, and Uriah repeatedly says... (full context)
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David gradually grows more comfortable around the boys at school, which he finds is nothing like... (full context)
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David also comes to know Annie's mother, Mrs. Markleham, who is known as the "Old Soldier"... (full context)
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...the students accompany Maldon to the door and watch him drive away in a chaise, David thinks he sees something "cherry-colored" in Maldon's hand. (full context)
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Returning inside, David learns that Annie is missing. Doctor Strong and the guests eventually find her lying in... (full context)
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Mr. Wickfield, Agnes, and David leave soon afterwards, but David then turns back to fetch a purse Agnes accidentally left... (full context)
Chapter 17: Somebody Turns Up
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Sometime after arriving at Miss Betsey's, David had written to Peggotty explaining his new circumstances. Peggotty's response makes it clear that she... (full context)
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Meanwhile, Mr. Dick pays frequent visits to David at school, always speaking glowingly of Miss Betsey when he comes. On one occasion, he... (full context)
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Mr. Dick quickly becomes a favorite with David's classmates. The visits benefit Mr. Dick as well, since playing games with the students takes... (full context)
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One day, David is walking Mr. Dick back to the coach office when he stumbles across Uriah Heep.... (full context)
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When David arrives at Uriah Heep's house, he finds that Mrs. Heep closely resembles her son. She... (full context)
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The conversation is suddenly interrupted by the appearance of Mr. Micawber, who notices David while walking by the house and greets him enthusiastically. David is less thrilled to see... (full context)
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Mr. Micawber leads David to the inn where he and his family are staying, and then leaves him with... (full context)
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David feels sorry for the Micawbers but does not have any money to lend them. Mr.... (full context)
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The evening before David is scheduled to dine with the Micawbers, he happens to see Uriah and Mr. Micawber... (full context)
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Despite David's misgivings about Uriah, the dinner itself passes happily: David and the Micawbers drink, exchange compliments,... (full context)
Chapter 18: A Retrospect
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David's time at Doctor Strong's passes by almost without him noticing it, although certain incidents and... (full context)
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Now slightly older, David enters a phase where he finds the boarding school girls irritating. He is doing quite... (full context)
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...head boy returns to visit Doctor Strong's. He is studying to be a lawyer, but David no longer finds him as impressive as he once did. In fact, David himself becomes... (full context)
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Agnes has also grown up, though she remains David's "counscllor and friend." David, however, is preoccupied with a new love interest: the eldest Miss... (full context)
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Eventually, David is invited to a party Miss Larkins will be attending; he prepares for this event... (full context)
Chapter 19: I Look About Me, and Make a Discovery
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David is excited to finish school and become independent. However, he does not have a clear... (full context)
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Miss Betsey sends David off with enough money to do what he likes for three or four weeks. His... (full context)
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The conversation turns more serious as Agnes asks whether David has noticed any change in Mr. Wickfield. David admits that he has, and delicately attributes... (full context)
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Later, Mr. Wickfield, Agnes, and David all go to have tea at Doctor Strong's. The Doctor says he plans to retire... (full context)
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...glances at Doctor Strong and Annie. When Annie and Agnes sing and play duets together, David realizes that Mr. Wickfield disapproves of his daughter's friendship with Mrs. Strong; in fact, he... (full context)
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David is sad to leave Agnes's house, which he realizes he will never live in again.... (full context)
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David arrives in London and takes a room at an inn, where he continues to try... (full context)
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Later that evening, David goes to Covent Garden Theatre and sees a production of Julius Caesar that deeply impresses... (full context)
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David and Steerforth sit down to chat, and David explains why he is in London. Steerforth... (full context)
Chapter 20: Steerforth's Home
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David continues to worry about his age the next day, particularly when he is unable to... (full context)
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After David explains more about his circumstances, Steerforth invites him to spend some time at his home... (full context)
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David and Steerforth have lunch and travel to Steerforth's home, where they are greeted by Mrs.... (full context)
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David, Steerforth, and Mrs. Steerforth enter the dining room, where they meet another woman: Rosa Dartle,... (full context)
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As dinner continues, David explains that he is going to visit Peggotty and Mr. Peggotty, and says that he... (full context)
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Later, Steerforth asks David what he thinks of Rosa and, when David hesitantly says that she is clever, retorts... (full context)
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Later that day, the Steerforths and David have tea together, and David notices that Rosa's scar tends to flush or turn pale... (full context)
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Mrs. Steerforth asks David about how he came to know Steerforth, and David speaks glowingly of Steerforth's kindness to... (full context)
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Later that evening, Steerforth says he might take David up on his offer to visit the Peggottys in a week or so. As they... (full context)
Chapter 21: Little Em'ly
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When David wakes up the next day, he meets a servant named Littimer, who is laying out... (full context)
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Meanwhile, David becomes more and more attached to Steerforth; he does not feel he can be Steerforth's... (full context)
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The day after David and Steerforth arrive in Yarmouth, Steerforth asks when they will go to see Mr. Peggotty,... (full context)
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David leaves to visit Peggotty, with plans for Steerforth to meet him at Mr. Barkis's in... (full context)
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Mr. Omer asks after Peggotty, whom he remembers had some connection to David. He then explains that little Em'ly is apprenticed in the dress shop, where she is... (full context)
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David glances next door, where Emily is currently working, and is impressed by her beauty, as... (full context)
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David continues on to see Peggotty, and they pretend to be very formal with one another:... (full context)
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Peggotty goes to tell Barkis that David is there, which she says will do him good. David finds that Barkis is bedridden... (full context)
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...along well with Steerforth when he arrives—partly because she is grateful for his kindness to David, and partly because of Steerforth's own charisma. Steerforth also charms Mr. Barkis, and makes no... (full context)
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The sea is loud as David and Steerforth approach Mr. Peggotty's, and there is also a lot of noise coming from... (full context)
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...said she was "steadier" now and ready to marry. It was at this moment that David and Steerforth arrived. (full context)
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...no other man could love her more, even if he could express himself more eloquently. David is intensely moved by this, and his childhood memories of little Em'ly add poignancy to... (full context)
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David and Steerforth finally leave around midnight, the latter praising little Em'ly's beauty and the "quaintness"... (full context)
Chapter 22: Some Old Scenes, and Some New People
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David and Steerforth spend a couple of weeks in Yarmouth. Since Steerforth enjoys sailing, he often... (full context)
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Whenever David returns from Blunderstone, he passes by Mr. Peggotty's house and checks in. On one occasion,... (full context)
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Shortly afterwards, Mrs. Gummidge arrives, and Steerforth's mood further improves. He and David plan to depart the following day, however, and Steerforth is sad to leave the sea;... (full context)
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...who is very attentive to and protective of his fiancée. They stop and chat with David and Steerforth, and David notices that Emily does not replace her hand on Ham's arm... (full context)
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David and Steerforth go to dinner, where they meet Littimer, much to David's dismay. Toward the... (full context)
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...but refuses to tell Steerforth whether Lady Mithers dyes her hair and wears makeup. Meanwhile, David stares at Miss Mowcher, impressed by how cunning and knowledgeable she seems to be. Miss... (full context)
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...a table so she can reach Steerforth's hair, exclaiming that she will kill herself if David or Steerforth glimpsed her ankles as she was climbing up. She then inspects Steerforth's hair,... (full context)
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...she hasn't seen a single pretty woman since coming to Yarmouth, and Steerforth jokes with David that they could show her one—meaning little Em'ly. Miss Mowcher asks whether the woman is... (full context)
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Miss Mowcher declares Steerforth's hair finished and asks if David would like his done as well. David declines, becoming embarrassed when Miss Mowcher mentions helping... (full context)
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Later that night, David returns to Mr. Barkis's house only to find Ham waiting outside. Ham explains that Emily... (full context)
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Eventually, Peggotty opens the door and motions for Ham and David to enter the house. Once inside, David sees Martha kneeling on the floor and little... (full context)
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...better off with another woman. Eventually, Emily turns to embrace Peggotty, begging her, Ham, and David to help her be a better person. After a while, they are able to calm... (full context)
Chapter 23: I Corroborate Mr. Dick, and Choose a Profession
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David is still thinking of little Em'ly and Martha the next morning, but he feels that... (full context)
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The ride home is silent at first, with David wondering when he will return to Yarmouth and Steerforth lost in his own thoughts. Eventually,... (full context)
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When David and Steerforth reach London they part ways, arranging to meet again soon. David then goes... (full context)
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...has eaten and prepared for bed, she brings up the topic of jobs again, and David says he likes the proctor idea but is concerned about the cost of entering the... (full context)
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The following day, Miss Betsey and David head off to visit a firm called Spenlow and Jorkins. Miss Betsey is on edge... (full context)
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After half an hour, Miss Betsey catches up with David. She is still disturbed, however, and asks the coachman who brought her there to drive... (full context)
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Eventually, David and Miss Betsey reach Spenlow and Jorkins, where they find several clerks at work. One... (full context)
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...had told Miss Betsey this when she visited him on business a few days earlier. David says that he is very interested in becoming a proctor, but that he would like... (full context)
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David, Mr. Spenlow, and Miss Betsey agree that David will begin work right away, and Spenlow... (full context)
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David and Miss Betsey return to her hotel for the night, Miss Betsey telling her nephew... (full context)
Chapter 24: My First Dissipation
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David enjoys the freedom of having his own rooms, although he also finds it lonely at... (full context)
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The next day, Steerforth appears while David is having breakfast. David excitedly shows him around his rooms and invites him to stay... (full context)
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...in the evening with his friends Grainger and Markham, who are both very "lively." Since David is still self-conscious regarding his age, he asks Steerforth to preside over the dinner. The... (full context)
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At some point, David becomes aware that he is leaning out his window, trying to catch a breeze and... (full context)
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David sleeps badly and wakes the following day with a terrible hangover. He is also deeply... (full context)
Chapter 25: Good and Bad Angels
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Two days after David's dinner party, he emerges from his room to find a letter from Agnes. To David's... (full context)
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David is so nervous by the time he arrives at the Waterbrooks' that he takes several... (full context)
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David protests against this characterization of his friend. Nevertheless, Agnes presses on, saying she is not... (full context)
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Agnes changes the topic and reminds David that he promised to tell her when he fell in love. David admits that he... (full context)
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...her actions and the role that worry for her has played in Mr. Wickfield's decline. David attempts to console Agnes, but she quickly recovers her composure and asks him to be... (full context)
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...an imposing couple named Mr. and Mrs. Henry Spiker, and Uriah Heep, who fawns over David for much of the evening. One guest, however, is named "Mr. Traddles," and David attempts... (full context)
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Dinner is announced, and David is mildly annoyed that he does not get to escort Agnes to the table. Once... (full context)
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David is relieved to rejoin Agnes, whom he introduces to Traddles. He is sad to learn,... (full context)
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David leads Uriah to his apartment, which Uriah praises at great length. He then asks whether... (full context)
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David begins to fear that Uriah is somehow tricking or taking advantage of him, but finally... (full context)
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Uriah asks whether he can confide in David, and—when David reluctantly agrees—says that David must have noticed Agnes's beauty that evening. David agrees... (full context)
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...that the hotel he is staying at will have closed up for the night. Irritably, David says that he can take his bed for the night, but Uriah protests strongly against... (full context)
Chapter 26: I Fall into Captivity
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David sees Uriah again a few days later as he says goodbye to Agnes at the... (full context)
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David's trial period at Spenlow and Jorkins is now over, and he is apprenticed outright. There... (full context)
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David and Mr. Spenlow take a phaeton (carriage) together from Doctors' Commons to the latter's house.... (full context)
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David and Mr. Spenlow arrive at the latter's house, which has a beautiful garden. As they... (full context)
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David has difficulty dressing for dinner because he is so consumed with thoughts of Dora. At... (full context)
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David, Mr. Spenlow, and the rest of the men rejoin Dora and Miss Murdstone, who pulls... (full context)
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Miss Murdstone walks away, and David spends the rest of the evening listening adoringly as Dora sings songs "to the effect... (full context)
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David wakes up the next morning as infatuated as ever and decides to take a walk... (full context)
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While he is strolling, David runs into Dora herself, who complains that Miss Murdstone hadn't wanted to let her outside,... (full context)
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Dora asks whether David knows Miss Murdstone well and complains about her some more, saying that Jip could just... (full context)
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Miss Murdstone eventually comes and fetches Dora and David for breakfast and church. David continues to fantasize about Dora throughout the service and the... (full context)
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David and Mr. Spenlow have to leave early the next day to attend a case in... (full context)
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Despite his promise to Agnes, David can't bring himself to tell her about his latest infatuation. Mrs. Crupp, however, manages to... (full context)
Chapter 27: Tommy Traddles
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The day after his conversation with Mrs. Crupp, David decides to go see Traddles, who lives in a neighborhood with an air of "faded... (full context)
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David reminds Traddles of the sky-blue suit he used to wear at Salem House, and Traddles... (full context)
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David asks Traddles about the uncle who raised him, and Traddles explains that he was a... (full context)
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...he says, they have begun to plan for their eventual home together, and he shows David a flower pot and a side table he has collected for this purpose. Traddles acknowledges... (full context)
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...and eventually mentions that his downstairs neighbors (and landlords) are none other than the Micawbers. David begs Traddles to invite Mr. Micawber in, and Mr. Micawber appears, looking and acting much... (full context)
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While they wait for Mrs. Micawber, Mr. Micawber asks David about Doctor Strong and reminisces about their last meeting in Canterbury. He then reminds David... (full context)
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Throughout Mr. Micawber's speech, David can hear Mrs. Micawber hastily washing up next door. When she finally comes to Traddles's... (full context)
Chapter 28: Mr. Micawber's Gauntlet
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David passes the time until his dinner party by thinking about Dora and eating very little,... (full context)
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Mr. Micawber, Mrs. Micawber, and Traddles all arrive together and praise David's rooms. Mrs. Micawber is especially delighted with a dressing-table David prepared for her, and Mr.... (full context)
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...Crupp's cooking is mostly a failure, but everyone is in such a good mood that David can't be too unhappy himself. Mr. Micawber reassures him that these kinds of domestic "accidents"... (full context)
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Suddenly, David realizes that Littimer has entered the room and asks him what he wants. Littimer explains... (full context)
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...the punch is ready and gives a speech. As everyone drinks, Mrs. Micawber asks for David's and Traddles's opinions on her husband's prospects, explaining that his hopes for work in both... (full context)
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David reminds the Micawbers that advertising is expensive, and Mrs. Micawber replies that she has considered... (full context)
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...He then moves on to praising Traddles and Traddles's fiancée before hinting that he suspects David is also in love. David is embarrassed, but eventually proposes a toast to "D," which... (full context)
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Sometime after ten at night, David's guests prepare to leave, Mr. Micawber slipping a letter to David as he does so.... (full context)
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David is still sitting lost in thought when Steerforth arrives at his apartment. As soon as... (full context)
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...is hungry, having just arrived from Yarmouth, where he says he was "seafaring." This reminds David that Littimer had come looking for Steerforth, but Steerforth simply says Littimer is a "fool."... (full context)
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David tells Steerforth he intends to go visit Peggotty to try to comfort her. Steerforth agrees... (full context)
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David returns to his room and prepares for bed, at which point he finds and reads... (full context)
Chapter 29: I Visit Steerforth at His Home, Again
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The next morning, David asks for a temporary leave of absence from work and then attends one final case... (full context)
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Rosa asks if David's work is really so interesting that it prevents him from visiting the Steerforths' more often.... (full context)
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David notices that Steerforth and Mrs. Steerforth seem especially close to one another during this visit.... (full context)
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David reaches this conclusion after a conversation Rosa starts at dinner one night. She begins by... (full context)
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Meanwhile, David has also noticed that Steerforth seems unusually determined to make himself agreeable to Rosa. Rosa... (full context)
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...her previous good mood, and his mother warns him not to provoke her. Later, as David and Steerforth prepare for bed, Steerforth once again asks David what he thinks of Rosa,... (full context)
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David tries to go to his own room, but Steerforth stops him and asks him to... (full context)
Chapter 30: A Loss
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David arrives in Yarmouth that evening and arranges to stay at an inn. He then stops... (full context)
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...explains that little Em'ly has been keeping them up to date on Barkis's condition, and David asks how she is. Mr. Omer replies that he is anxious to see her married,... (full context)
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...reports that Barkis's condition has worsened, and that Mr. Peggotty is currently at Barkis's house. David hurries there as well, where he also finds Ham and Emily. Everyone is very subdued,... (full context)
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Left alone, David thinks about little Em'ly's apparent fear of death, as well as what Mr. Omer told... (full context)
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Once upstairs, David finds Barkis unconscious, but clinging to the box he keeps beside his bed. Peggotty attempts... (full context)
Chapter 31: A Greater Loss
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David agrees to stay until Mr. Barkis is buried (in the same cemetery as Clara Copperfield).... (full context)
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David pauses his narrative, saying that he is afraid to recount the events that followed the... (full context)
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...to meet at Mr. Peggotty's the night of the funeral. The weather is "wild" when David arrives that evening, but Mr. Peggotty and Peggotty are already there preparing the house for... (full context)
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...sees someone coming: it's Ham, but he is not accompanied by little Em'ly. Ham asks David to step outside so that he can show him something, and David notices that Ham... (full context)
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Back inside, David reads aloud a letter Ham gave him. It's from Emily, and explains that she is... (full context)
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...he asks who the man is that Emily has run away with, and Ham asks David to step outside. David remains, however, slowly realizing the truth as Ham explains that a... (full context)
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...says, will help him "bear his sorrow better." Mr. Peggotty does as she suggests, and David—who had previously wanted to beg for the family's forgiveness—begins instead to cry with everyone else. (full context)
Chapter 32: The Beginning of a Long Journey
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...intense guilt over the part he has played in the "pollution of an honest home," David cannot bring himself to condemn Steerforth. In fact, he loves him more than ever and... (full context)
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David meets Mr. Peggotty and Ham on the beach. Both look very determined, and David worries... (full context)
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Mr. Peggotty, Ham, and David return to the house, where Mrs. Gummidge has made breakfast and urges Mr. Peggotty to... (full context)
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That evening, David visits Mr. Omer, who is very distressed by Emily's flight. Minnie, by contrast, at first... (full context)
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David returns to Peggotty's house and thinks about everything that has happened since Barkis's death. Suddenly,... (full context)
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...that she got Peggotty's address from Omer and Joram, and has been trying to find David all day. She asks whether David remembers Steerforth mentioning little Em'ly during their earlier meeting,... (full context)
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Miss Mowcher says she has to go and asks David whether he trusts her. David hesitates until Miss Mowcher pointedly asks whether he would doubt... (full context)
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The next morning, David, Peggotty, Mr. Peggotty, Ham, and Mrs. Gummidge all meet at the coach office. Ham pulls... (full context)
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Since Peggotty will be staying in London for some time to deal with Barkis's affairs, David and Mr. Peggotty help her find a room to rent. They then have tea at... (full context)
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...Em'ly aside, she says, she will never allow him to return. This speech strongly reminds David of Steerforth's own pride, and he foresees that reconciliation between Steerforth and his mother will... (full context)
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...never really had any hope in talking to her to begin with. As he and David leave, however, Rosa intercepts them and bitterly "congratulates" David for bringing Mr. Peggotty to the... (full context)
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David rejoins Mr. Peggotty, who says he will leave to look for little Em'ly that very... (full context)
Chapter 33: Blissful
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Far from distracting David from Dora, Barkis's death and Emily's disappearance just make her seem even "purer" and more... (full context)
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Meanwhile, David takes Peggotty sightseeing and helps her to sort out her legal and financial affairs. When... (full context)
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Peggotty settles her business with Mr. Spenlow and leaves, while Spenlow and David go to hear a divorce case in court. The case hinges on a legal technicality... (full context)
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David finally drops the issue of the Commons, but he and Mr. Spenlow continue to chat.... (full context)
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When David arrives at Mr. Spenlow's, he finds Dora sitting in the garden with Jip and a... (full context)
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...Spenlow appears, and he, Dora, and Miss Mills take a carriage to their destination, with David riding alongside. David is in such a dreamy state throughout the ride that he doesn't... (full context)
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Miss Mills says that both Dora and David seem depressed, and advises them not to "allow a trivial misunderstanding to wither the blossoms... (full context)
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Someone back at the picnic eventually calls out for Dora, so she, David, and Miss Mills return. Dora plays on her guitar and sings, and David continues to... (full context)
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David decides he needs to tell Dora how he feels, and spends the next three days... (full context)
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David bursts out that he is in love with Dora while Jip stands nearby barking. He... (full context)
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Dora goes and fetches Miss Mills, who wishes her and David well. David then measures Dora's finger and goes to a jeweler: the ring he orders... (full context)
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David spends the next few weeks in a state of bliss, feeling as though he is... (full context)
Chapter 34: My Aunt Astonishes Me
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David writes to Agnes to tell her of his engagement to Dora, and finds himself thinking... (full context)
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While David has been spending time with Dora, Traddles has stopped by his apartment a few times... (full context)
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David is still anxious about Traddles's financial situation, so he asks after Mr. Micawber. Traddles explains... (full context)
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David and Traddles go find Peggotty and carry through with their plan to buy back the... (full context)
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Miss Betsey asks David to pour the tea, but David senses that she is stalling, and begins to worry... (full context)
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David is stunned, but he manages to "rouse" himself when Miss Betsey embraces him and begins... (full context)
Chapter 35: Depression
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David proposes that Mr. Dick stay in the same room Mr. Peggotty had rented, and takes... (full context)
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Returning to David's apartment, David and Mr. Dick find Miss Betsey looking calm. David gives her his bed... (full context)
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Miss Betsey explains that while David was away with Mr. Dick, she and Peggotty talked about little Em'ly; Miss Betsey feels... (full context)
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David goes to bed and broods about how Miss Betsey's loss is likely to affect his... (full context)
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The next morning, David rises before Miss Betsey and goes to Doctors' Commons to see if he can cancel... (full context)
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David is "bewildered" by his interactions with Mr. Spenlow and Mr. Jorkins, but realizes he will... (full context)
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As they walk, Agnes tells David that Mr. Wickfield and Uriah are in London as well; they are now partners, and... (full context)
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Agnes asks whether David knows how Miss Betsey lost her fortune, and seems anxious when he says that he... (full context)
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David tells Agnes and Miss Betsey about his attempts to cancel his apprenticeship, and his aunt... (full context)
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Miss Betsey summarizes her financial situation for David and Agnes: she expects to earn about 70 pounds a year from renting the cottage,... (full context)
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Agnes suggests that, if David can find the time, he might be able to earn some money as a secretary:... (full context)
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When David returns from posting his letter to Doctor Strong, he discovers that Agnes has quietly rearranged... (full context)
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...Miss Betsey retorts that being a partner himself should satisfy him. Uriah then turns to David and makes a show of sympathizing with his situation. He also asks David how he... (full context)
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...Wickfield's obvious lack of enthusiasm. Agnes asks whether her father will stay with her and David for a while, and Uriah answers for him, saying that Mr. Wickfield can "represent the... (full context)
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...about their time in Canterbury, and Mr. Wickfield slowly begins to seem more like himself. David attributes this to Agnes's influence, although Mr. Wickfield never entirely shakes off his melancholy. David... (full context)
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After Mr. Wickfield falls asleep, Agnes and David talk about Dora for a while, and David finds he loves Dora more and more... (full context)
Chapter 36: Enthusiasm
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By the next day, David's whole mood has changed: he is now excited about the prospect of working hard to... (full context)
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David can't resist walking by Mrs. Steerforth's house, where he sees Steerforth's own room has been... (full context)
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When David reaches Doctor Strong's cottage, he finds the Doctor in the garden. It takes a moment... (full context)
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Doctor Strong then says that he has no objection to hiring David as his secretary, but he worries that David could do better for himself. David assures... (full context)
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Doctor Strong invites David in, and he has breakfast with the Doctor and Annie. While they are eating, Jack... (full context)
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Between his work for Doctor Strong and his time at Doctors' Commons, David is now very busy. The thought that he is doing all this for Dora, however,... (full context)
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David takes Mr. Dick with him when he visits Traddles, because Mr. Dick has been fretting... (full context)
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...could "exert himself," and Traddles asks whether he could copy legal documents. Mr. Dick and David are not sure that this is a good idea, however, since Mr. Dick finds it... (full context)
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After Mr. Dick's problem is sorted out, Traddles tells David that he has a letter for him from Mr. Micawber. In his typically wordy style,... (full context)
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...impoverished looking apartment. They are already packed to leave and have very little luggage. Nevertheless, David congratulates Mrs. Micawber, who says that while her family considers Mr. Micawber's new position "banishment,"... (full context)
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...new position is in Canterbury. What's more, he will be working as Uriah Heep's clerk. David is stunned, so Micawber explains the Uriah answered his advertisement, helping him to pay off... (full context)
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As the evening goes on, David explains his and Miss Betsey's problems to Mr. and Mrs. Micawber, who seem happy about... (full context)
Chapter 37: A Little Cold Water
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A week passes, and David continues to feel wildly optimistic about the sacrifices he is making on Dora's behalf. He... (full context)
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That evening, David goes to Miss Mills' and immediately asks Dora whether she "could love a beggar." When... (full context)
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Dora says that she still loves David, but refuses to listen to anything more about how hard he is working, and insists... (full context)
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Dora charms and distracts David for a while, but he eventually returns to his former subject and urges Dora to... (full context)
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At this point, Miss Mills enters and asks what has happened. Dora says that David is a "poor laborer" and tries to promise him all her money, but David eventually... (full context)
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Dora reappears, and is so pretty and charming that David begins to feel that Miss Mills is right. They all have tea together, and Dora... (full context)
Chapter 38: A Dissolution of Partnership
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David immediately begins studying shorthand, although he finds it much more confusing than he had expected.... (full context)
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Meanwhile, David is still working at Doctors' Commons, where he arrives one day to find Mr. Spenlow... (full context)
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Mr. Spenlow asks David what he has to say for himself, and David accepts total responsibility for concealing the... (full context)
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During the awkward silence that follows, David tries to think of a way to leave. Before he can, however, Mr. Spenlow reminds... (full context)
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David returns to work in despair and tormented by thoughts of Mr. Spenlow and Miss Murdstone... (full context)
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Miss Mills agrees to see David and makes a show of sneaking him into the back kitchen of her father's house,... (full context)
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The next day, David arrives at Doctors' Commons only to find it locked up and the other clerks standing... (full context)
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That evening, David learns from a servant that Miss Mills is currently with Dora and writes to her,... (full context)
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A few days later at work, Mr. Jorkins tells David that he would like his help going through Mr. Spenlow's desk. David is anxious to... (full context)
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Meanwhile, David relies on Miss Mills for news of Dora, but Dora can only bring herself to... (full context)
Chapter 39: Wickfield and Heep
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To distract him from his misery, Miss Betsey arranges for David to see how things are going with her cottage in Dover. David wants to see... (full context)
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When David arrives in Dover, he is pleased for his aunt's sake to find that the tenant... (full context)
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When David reaches Mr. Wickfield's house, he finds Mr. Micawber at work downstairs. Micawber is pleased to... (full context)
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...changes the subject, praising Agnes's "attractions, graces, and virtues" and saying that he would think David was in love with her if he didn't already know about Dora. David has a... (full context)
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David finds Agnes writing at her desk and they greet one another, with David saying he... (full context)
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David tells Agnes everything that has happened since they last saw one another, saying he "relies"... (full context)
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Finally, David asks Agnes what he should do, and she says that the most "honorable" thing would... (full context)
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Before writing to Dora's aunts, David decides to go visit Mr. Wickfield and Uriah Heep downstairs. Uriah greets David in a... (full context)
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Much to David's frustration, Mrs. Heep is now in Agnes's room knitting. In an effort to be polite,... (full context)
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After dinner, David finds himself alone with Mr. Wickfield and Uriah, who "leers" and "writhes" constantly. They then... (full context)
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As David walks, he debates telling Agnes what he knows about Uriah's designs on her. Before he... (full context)
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Uriah (who has already interrupted David many times to praise Agnes) grabs David's hand and kisses it, says that David ought... (full context)
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As Uriah talks, David begins to understand that he wants revenge for his "long suppression'' of himself in deference... (full context)
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...marry her than anyone. Mr. Wickfield grows more and more upset as Uriah speaks, and David finally has to physically restrain him from harming Uriah or himself. David pleads with Wickfield... (full context)
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Mr. Wickfield breaks down and laments how far he has fallen since first meeting David. He does not mention his drinking specifically, but says that "indulgence in remembrance, and indulgence... (full context)
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...enters the room and escorts her father out, saying he is unwell. Now alone with David, Uriah says he didn't expect Mr. Wickfield to react so badly, but that they will... (full context)
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At midnight, Agnes stops by and says that she and David should say goodbye now, since he will be leaving the next day. David notices that... (full context)
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The next morning, David gets up early and prepares to leave. As he is getting in the coach, however,... (full context)
Chapter 40: The Wanderer
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Back in London, David tells Miss Betsey what is going on at the Wickfields' while she paces back and... (full context)
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One day as David is walking home from Doctor Strong's, he notices a woman who seems familiar crossing the... (full context)
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David and Mr. Peggotty shake hands, too overwhelmed at first to speak. Eventually, Mr. Peggotty says... (full context)
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Once they arrive at the public-house, David studies Mr. Peggotty and finds that he looks older but determined and "very strong." Mr.... (full context)
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At that moment, David notices Martha is at the door of the public-house and worries that Mr. Peggotty will... (full context)
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Mr. Peggotty shows David a letter little Em'ly sent to Mrs. Gummidge. In it, she pleads with Mrs. Gummidge... (full context)
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David asks Mr. Peggotty about Ham, and Mr. Peggotty says that he is as hard-working as... (full context)
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As Mr. Peggotty and David leave, David sees Martha—who has listened to their entire conversation—sneak away before them. David walks... (full context)
Chapter 41: Dora's Aunts
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David receives a letter from Dora's aunts inviting him to visit and discuss his request to... (full context)
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When he dresses for the visit to Dora's aunts, David finds himself torn between wanting to look handsome and wanting to look "practical." Furthermore, as... (full context)
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Traddles's selflessness does not fully strike David at the time, since he is so anxious about the upcoming visit. When they arrive... (full context)
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...Spenlow, and that his death has in any case changed Dora's circumstances. Furthermore, she think David is a respectable young man who loves (or is "persuaded" he loves) Dora. At this... (full context)
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...permission to continue, and Lavinia says that they have spoken with Dora and believe that David "thinks" he is in love. David attempts to interrupt again, but Lavinia continues, saying that... (full context)
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Miss Lavinia continues to explain that it is difficult to know whether David and Dora's feelings will last, at which point Miss Clarissa interrupts to say that they... (full context)
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Miss Lavinia asks David to follow her and leads him to the next room, where he finds Dora trying... (full context)
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Traddles and David leave, and Traddles remarks that David will likely marry before he does. David then questions... (full context)
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Back at home, David tells Miss Betsey about his success, and she says she's happy for him. He notices,... (full context)
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David soon discovers that work leaves him no time to go to tea, so (with Miss... (full context)
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One day during a walk, David tries to convince Dora that she should ask to be treated as an adult. Dora... (full context)
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The next time David visits, he brings Dora not only the cookbook but also an account book and a... (full context)
Chapter 42: Mischief
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David writes that while he continued, throughout this period, to work hard at learning shorthand, he... (full context)
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In a private conversation, Uriah tells David that he is "jealous" and wants to "keep an eye on" someone he holds dear.... (full context)
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At that moment, Jack Maldon himself arrives at Doctor Strong's, and Uriah begins laughing. David walks away in disgust. (full context)
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A few days later, David takes Agnes for tea with Dora, anxious for Agnes's approval. Dora is hiding when they... (full context)
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Before David and Agnes leave, Dora tells David privately that she thinks she would be "more clever"... (full context)
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As Agnes and David walk to Doctor Strong's, David listens eagerly as Agnes praises Dora, feeling that he has... (full context)
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Agnes says goodnight to David and goes inside Doctor Strong's house. David, however, lingers outside and sees a light on... (full context)
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...as painful as the subject is, he had no choice to bring it up—particularly since David has noticed Annie Strong's behavior as well. David angrily disputes this, but realizes that his... (full context)
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...Wickfield. Uriah remarks that he didn't expect Doctor Strong's reaction, and attributes it to "blindness." David—who was deeply moved by the Doctor's loyalty and kindness—rounds on Uriah and yells at him... (full context)
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After a long silence, Uriah finally says that David has never liked him. Despite this, however, Uriah says that he likes David and won't... (full context)
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The next day, David sees Uriah walking with his mother, Mrs. Heep; Uriah's face is wrapped up in a... (full context)
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When David returns to his work as secretary, Doctor Strong gives him a letter asking him not... (full context)
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...appears to cheer up both Doctor Strong and Annie Strong is Mr. Dick's presence. Although David is not sure how much of the situation Mr. Dick himself understands, he admits that... (full context)
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David describes a letter he received from Mrs. Micawber while the Wickfields were still visiting. In... (full context)
Chapter 43: Another Retrospect
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David once again skims over several years, jumping ahead to his twenty-first birthday (the legal age... (full context)
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David and Miss Betsey have moved out of his apartment and into a cottage, but Miss... (full context)
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David no longer spends much time at Doctors' Commons, but Traddles does visit him there on... (full context)
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David's state of dazed happiness continues into the next day, when he and his friends visit... (full context)
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That evening before dinner, Miss Lavinia privately brings Dora to see David in the dress she'll be wearing for the wedding. Dora asks David whether the dress... (full context)
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The next morning, David wakes up (still in a state of disbelief) and goes to collect Miss Betsey. Peggotty... (full context)
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David explains that he has only< scattered and dreamlike impressions of the ceremony. He notices Dora... (full context)
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The aftermath of the wedding is similarly hazy to David. As he and Dora walk out of the church together, he is vaguely reminded of... (full context)
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...Dora keeps forgetting things. Finally, Dora says her goodbyes to her aunts and leaves with David, carrying Jip to reassure him that she still loves him. Just before she and David... (full context)
Chapter 44: Our Housekeeping
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David finds the transition from courtship to marriage strange—particularly the idea that Dora is now always... (full context)
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Despite his happiness, David quickly discovers that neither he nor Dora is really equipped to maintain a household. They... (full context)
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One day, David mentions to Dora that it is past the time they planned to have dinner, and... (full context)
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Later that night, when David returns home from work, he finds Miss Betsey waiting for him. She explains that she... (full context)
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...leaves with a final warning not to use her as a "scarecrow" to frighten Dora. David watches her go, thinking that she looks worried, and realizing for the first time that... (full context)
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Nevertheless, David and Dora continue to have difficulties managing the household. David eventually dismisses Mary Anne, but... (full context)
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Eventually, David decides to bring Traddles home for dinner, and sends a message to Dora to tell... (full context)
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After Traddles leaves, Dora apologizes to David and asks him to teach her better housekeeping skills. David says that he is learning... (full context)
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...then distracts Dora, who spends more time playfully punishing Jip than focusing on the accounts. David sometimes takes pity on her, like when he sees her struggling with "bills and other... (full context)
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David takes on more and more of the household work himself to spare Dora worry, but... (full context)
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Dora takes to sitting up with David whenever he is working late at home. One evening, David attempts to send her to... (full context)
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...household keys around with her, although she mostly uses them as a toy for Jip. David lets the matter be, however, because Dora enjoys "this make-belief of housekeeping." Dora also becomes... (full context)
Chapter 45: Mr. Dick Fulfills My Aunt's Prediction
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Although David no longer works for Doctor Strong, he now lives in the same neighborhood and sees... (full context)
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...her own protests. Jack Maldon only rarely accompanies them, however, although Dora sometimes goes. Since David is now convinced that Mrs. Strong is not having an affair, he doesn't object to... (full context)
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One night when Dora is out with Miss Betsey, Mr. Dick stops by David's house and asks to speak to him. Mr. Dick announces that Miss Betsey is "the... (full context)
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...noticed "clouds" in the marriage, however, which he doesn't understand. As delicately as he can, David says there is an "unfortunate division" between the Doctor and his wife. Having confirmed that... (full context)
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David thinks there is something to be said for Mr. Dick's plan, but he doesn't hear... (full context)
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Mrs. Markleham soon enters the drawing room where David and Miss Betsey are seated, and scolds Annie for not informing her that Doctor Strong... (full context)
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David hesitantly offers to reveal what he knows and—at Annie's urging—explains the conversation that took place... (full context)
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...can be no disparity in marriage like unsuitability of mind and purpose." These words strike David, although he isn't quite sure why. Meanwhile, Annie says she is grateful to Doctor Strong... (full context)
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...Dick and hugs him, saying he is a "remarkable man." Miss Betsey, Mr. Dick, and David then leave, with Miss Betsey remarking happily that Mrs. Markleham has been put in her... (full context)
Chapter 46: Intelligence
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About one year into his marriage, David happens to walk by Mrs. Steerforth's house. As usual, it looks dark and uninhabited, and... (full context)
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Suddenly, David hears a woman's voice, which turns out to be Mrs. Steerforth's maid asking him to... (full context)
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...whether anyone has found little Em'ly (although she does not refer to her by name). David says that no one has, and Rosa explains, with obvious pleasure, that Emily has run... (full context)
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...Steerforth behaved "honorably," because he arranged for Emily to marry a "respectable person"—Littimer himself, as David realizes. When Littimer broke the news of Steerforth's departure to Emily, she threatened to kill... (full context)
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...help from some of the boatmen she used to talk to, much to Steerforth's annoyance. David finds the thought of Emily talking to families so similar to her own extremely painful,... (full context)
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David attempts to ask, through Rosa, whether Littimer or Steerforth intercepted any letters sent to little... (full context)
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...on Steerforth not seeing little Em'ly again. She therefore says that she has sent for David in spite of her own hatred for Emily, in the hopes that Littimer's information will... (full context)
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At that moment, Mrs. Steerforth approaches, and David sees that she looks much older. She asks whether David has heard Littimer's story, and... (full context)
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The next evening, David goes to the rooms Mr. Peggotty keeps in London. Mr. Peggotty welcomes him in, and... (full context)
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David raises a practical issue that has been troubling him, explaining that little Em’ly is likely... (full context)
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As they walk, David asks Mr. Peggotty about Ham, who is much the same: kind and uncomplaining, but uninterested... (full context)
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David and Mr. Peggotty are approaching Blackfriars Bridge, and Mr. Peggotty is on the lookout for... (full context)
Chapter 47: Martha
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David and Mr. Peggotty continue to follow Martha into Westminster, where she approaches the riverside. The... (full context)
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David calls out to Martha, who at first struggles to get away. When she sees Mr.... (full context)
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Once Martha has stopped crying, David asks her if she knows who he and Mr. Peggotty are, and if she's willing... (full context)
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...Peggotty again and is ashamed to go to him. Finally, he explains that he and David believe that little Em'ly will come to London, and asks Martha to help them find... (full context)
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David and Mr. Peggotty tell Martha everything they know of little Em'ly's whereabouts, and provide her... (full context)
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David says goodbye to Mr. Peggotty and heads home. When he passes Miss Betsey's cottage, however,... (full context)
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...into a guarded and mistrustful woman. Taken aback by this, the man finally leaves, and David approaches his aunt, asking for permission to speak to the man. Miss Betsey, however, simply... (full context)
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David does as Miss Betsey asks, and she then tells him that the man is her... (full context)
Chapter 48: Domestic
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David publishes his first novel, which does well. This reassures him that he has chosen the... (full context)
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By about a year and a half into their marriage, David and Dora have largely given up their attempts at housekeeping. They do employ a page,... (full context)
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The debacle with the page convinces David to try talking to Dora again, and he tells her that he regrets that their... (full context)
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David gently tells Dora that this is "ridiculous" and begs her to be "reasonable": if they... (full context)
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After this conversation, David decides that a different approach is necessary, and resolves to "form [Dora's] mind." He stops... (full context)
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David admits that he has been "trying to be wise," and Dora guesses that he has... (full context)
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David explains that this was his last attempt to change Dora, and that doing so had... (full context)
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David and Dora's second year of marriage is happier than the first. Dora, however, grows extremely... (full context)
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...petting him sadly, says she couldn't have any dog but Jip, who "barked at Doady [David] when he first came to [her] house." Miss Betsey says that Dora is right, and... (full context)
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David has Traddles over for dinner shortly after this, and Dora gets out of bed for... (full context)
Chapter 49: I Am Involved in Mystery
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One morning, David receives a letter from Mr. Micawber. In it, he explains that although he has not... (full context)
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David finds the letter confusing but senses that it is important. He is therefore happy when... (full context)
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Traddles and David agree that the letters are not simply the Micawbers' usual exaggerations, but they can't figure... (full context)
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David and Traddles arrive early to the meeting, and find Mr. Micawber already there, looking fondly... (full context)
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David, Traddles, and Mr. Micawber go for a walk, the latter saying that he wishes he... (full context)
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After Mr. Micawber composes himself, David offers to take him back to Miss Betsey's to meet his aunt and to make... (full context)
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Mr. Micawber continues to praise Mr. Dick, but David senses that there is something he wants to disclose. Appearing to sense the same, Miss... (full context)
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David asks Mr. Micawber what's wrong, and Micawber replies that, "Villainy is the matter; baseness is... (full context)
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Mr. Micawber then races out of the cottage, but sends a letter while David, Miss Betsey, Mr. Dick, and Traddles are still trying to make sense of his visit.... (full context)
Chapter 50: Mr. Peggotty's Dream Comes True
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As time goes on, David becomes less hopeful that little Em'ly will ever be found (at least alive). Mr. Peggotty,... (full context)
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On one of these visits, Mr. Peggotty tells David that he has seen Martha recently, and that she told him not to leave London... (full context)
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As David and Martha reach Martha's room, they see a woman enter before them. David recognizes her... (full context)
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...off as a respectable woman. Sobbing, Emily asks what she is supposed to do, while David wonders desperately where Mr. Peggotty is. Rosa, however, is unmoved, and tells Emily to "live... (full context)
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As Rosa is speaking, David hears footsteps on the staircase, and Mr. Peggotty rushes into Martha's room as Rosa leaves... (full context)
Chapter 51: The Beginning of a Longer Journey
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The next morning, David is walking in his garden with Miss Betsey when he hears that Mr. Peggotty has... (full context)
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...and the woman who had taken her in consoled her. Meanwhile, as Mr. Peggotty speaks, David is impressed by the vividness of his story, and feels as if he were actually... (full context)
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...she did not tell Emily when she went out in search of Mr. Peggotty and David. Mr. Peggotty says he isn't sure how Rosa found Emily, but he suspects Littimer told... (full context)
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...the child of the woman who took Emily in (since she can't be godmother to David's imaginary sister). (full context)
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Finally, David asks whether Mr. Peggotty has made up his mind about what to do next. Mr.... (full context)
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...Emily sent to him over the years. He has brought it with him and asks David to count it, and then explains that he is planning on sending it back to... (full context)
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David and Mr. Peggotty pass Mr. Omer's shop on the way to visit Ham, and David... (full context)
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David fills Mr. Omer in on how little Em'ly was found, and Omer—though pleased to hear... (full context)
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David goes to Ham's house, where Peggotty now lives as well. Mr. Peggotty has brought Mrs.... (full context)
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The next day, Mr. Peggotty is busy packing up or giving away his possessions. David arranges to meet him and Mrs. Gummidge at the old boat-house that evening, because he... (full context)
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Ham thanks David, and says that he does want to say something to Emily—specifically, that he hopes she... (full context)
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...and Mrs. Gummidge have emptied the house of most of its furniture by the time David arrives. The locker David used to sit on with little Em’ly is still there, however,... (full context)
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David and Mr. Peggotty tour the rest of the house, and then return to Mrs. Gummidge,... (full context)
Chapter 52: I Assist at an Explosion
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The meeting with Mr. Micawber approaches, and David and Miss Betsey discuss what they ought to do: Dora is very weak, and Miss... (full context)
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The next day, David, Miss Betsey, Mr. Dick, and Traddles set off together for Canterbury, and arrive that evening... (full context)
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David returns to the inn and waits anxiously with Miss Betsey, Traddles, and Mr. Dick. When... (full context)
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When they arrive at Wickfield and Heep's, David approaches Mr. Micawber at his desk and asks for Agnes, as Micawber had told him... (full context)
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Mr. Micawber shows Agnes in, and David notices that she looks tired and nervous. He also notices that Mr. Micawber and Traddles... (full context)
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...Mrs. Heep tries to reason with Uriah, but he snaps at her to be quiet. David, meanwhile, is shocked to see Uriah reveal the full extent of his "malice, insolence, and... (full context)
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David and Traddles restrain Mr. Micawber, and he resumes reading his letter, explaining that his financial... (full context)
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...if Wickfield were the one behaving unethically. At this point, Uriah interrupts to again threaten David, but Mr. Micawber reminds Uriah that he himself has been living in Uriah's old house... (full context)
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Uriah once again ignores Mrs. Heep and fixates on David as the cause of all his problems. Meanwhile, Mr. Micawber proceeds to his final charge,... (full context)
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...had until this point concealed the fact that she had invested it through his firm. David pulls his aunt away from Uriah, assuring her that they will recover the money. Meanwhile,... (full context)
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Uriah asks what David wants to do, and Traddles explains what "must be done." First, he says, Uriah needs... (full context)
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...he can go think things over in his room. Before leaving, however, Uriah turns to David and says he has "always been an upstart" determined to bring Uriah down. David retorts... (full context)
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...comfort Mr. Wickfield, and Traddles stays to guard Uriah, but Mr. Dick, Miss Betsey, and David go with Mr. Micawber, grateful for all he has done. When they arrive at his... (full context)
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Mr. Micawber says that he always wanted to emigrate (though David doubts he ever thought of it before). He explains, however, that he doesn't have enough... (full context)
Chapter 53: Another Retrospect
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David pauses his narration, overcome by memories of his "child-wife" Dora, whom he imagines begging him... (full context)
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One morning, Dora shows off her curled hair to David, saying that she often thinks about how much he liked it when they were courting,... (full context)
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On another day, David is sitting next to Dora's bedside, since she no longer leaves her room at all.... (full context)
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One night, David is sitting alone with Dora. Agnes and Miss Betsey are present, but downstairs. Although David... (full context)
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David insists that he and Dora have been very happy, and Dora says that this is... (full context)
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David waits downstairs as Agnes goes to speak with Dora, watching as Jip sleeps uneasily in... (full context)
Chapter 54: Mr. Micawber's Transactions
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David's grief does not hit him all at once after Dora dies, in part because so... (full context)
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David forms a plan to go overseas, although he is not sure how this idea first... (full context)
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David does not intend to leave England until after the entire affair with Uriah has been... (full context)
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Mr. Micawber and Mrs. Micawber leave David, Agnes, and Miss Betsey alone with Traddles, who is sitting at a table covered in... (full context)
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...and responsibility." To do this, she plans to rent the house and keep a school. David is touched by her devotion, and thinks back fondly on his childhood in the Wickfields'... (full context)
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...Miss Betsey explains that she held back the missing 3,000 pounds: 1,000 pounds went to David's apprenticeship, and the rest she had saved all along. She told David she had lost... (full context)
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...according to Uriah himself, he was motivated less by greed than by his hatred of David. Both Uriah and Mrs. Heep have now left Canterbury, however, and Traddles says he doesn't... (full context)
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...pounds. Miss Betsey proposes that she and Agnes jointly provide Micawber with 500 pounds, but David and Traddles strongly urge her not to give him the whole sum at once. Instead,... (full context)
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The next day, David, Miss Betsey, and Agnes plan to return to London. The Micawbers will follow them as... (full context)
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Once David and Miss Betsey are back in London, Miss Betsey explains that she did not want... (full context)
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David and Miss Betsey follow the hearse to a churchyard in the neighborhood where her husband... (full context)
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Inside the cottage, Miss Betsey and David find a letter from Mr. Micawber explaining that Uriah has called in another debt and... (full context)
Chapter 55: Tempest
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David says that he has now reached a section of his story that he has been... (full context)
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...ship for Australia is set to sail, Peggotty comes to London to see not only David, but also Mr. Peggotty and little Em'ly. David himself does not see Emily, but he... (full context)
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Miss Betsey wakes David up the next morning, saying that Mr. Peggotty has come to see him. Mr. Peggotty... (full context)
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That night, David takes a coach to Yarmouth. On the way, he remarks to the driver that the... (full context)
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David checks into an inn and then heads toward the beach, where a crowd has gathered,... (full context)
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Ham is not in the crowd on the beach, so David goes to his house, which he finds shut up. He then goes to the yard... (full context)
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David cannot shake the fear that Ham will drown trying to attempt to return from Lowestoft... (full context)
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The next morning, David wakes up to the sound of someone knocking on his door, saying there has been... (full context)
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At that moment, the crowd parts, and David sees Ham walking out toward the sea, apparently intending to do what the other spectators... (full context)
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...The men holding the other end of the rope pull him back to shore, and David sees that he is bleeding. Nevertheless, Ham goes back out into the water, nearly reaching... (full context)
Chapter 56: The New Wound, and the Old
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David remembers how, at their last meeting, Steerforth had asked him to remember him at his... (full context)
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...Ham is, but hesitate to place him inside. Instead, they go to the inn, and David arranges to take the body to London that night; he feels that he should be... (full context)
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When David finally nerves himself to ring the bell, he tells the maid that something has happened,... (full context)
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Mrs. Steerforth expresses her condolences for Dora's death, and David replies that they all "must trust to [Time]" in grief. This unnerves Mrs. Steerforth, and... (full context)
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...the direct result of Mrs. Steerforth's temperament, as well as her indulgence of her son. David tries to stop Rosa, but she ignores him, insisting that Mrs. Steerforth "moan for [her]... (full context)
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David begins to say that Rosa ought to feel compassion for Mrs. Steerforth as a grieving... (full context)
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David returns later that day with Steerforth's body, and learns that Rosa is still with Mrs.... (full context)
Chapter 57: The Emigrants
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David chooses not to give into his grief immediately, in part because he wants to conceal... (full context)
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David entrusts Mr. Micawber with this task while he and his family are staying in a... (full context)
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...explaining that Mr. Micawber has been arrested, and is in a "final paroxysm of despair." David goes downstairs and pays off the debt, and Mr. Micawber embraces him and notes the... (full context)
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Mrs. Micawber promises Miss Betsey and David she will write from aboard ship, if she is able to. Mr. Micawber doesn't doubt... (full context)
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...as a way of strengthening "the connexion between [himself] and Albion." She then appeals to David, saying she wants her husband to appreciate his "position": Mr. Micawber should demand that Australia... (full context)
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...to Mr. Micawber's words, and Mr. Peggotty and the Micawbers then toast the whole group. David is struck by Mr. Peggotty's good humor, and expects that he will do well in... (full context)
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David returns to the public-house the next morning and finds that the Micawbers have already left.... (full context)
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David takes in his surroundings, watching as people say goodbye to loved ones and strike up... (full context)
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While he is looking around, David sees someone who looks like little Em'ly sitting with one of the Micawbers' children. He... (full context)
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Mr. Peggotty asks David whether he has any final words for him, and David mentions Martha. At this, Mr.... (full context)
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David relays Ham's parting message to Mr. Peggotty, and Mr. Peggotty—still ignorant of Ham's death—gives David... (full context)
Chapter 58: Absence
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