David Copperfield

David Copperfield


Charles Dickens

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Mr. Jorkins is Mr. Spenlow's business partner, whose main function seems to be to provide Spenlow with a plausible excuse for turning people's requests down: for instance, when David asks to be released from his articles, Spenlow insists that Jorkins would never hear of it. In reality, however, Jorkins is a mild and easy-going man who seems to defer to Spenlow's wishes.
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Jorkins Character Timeline in David Copperfield

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Chapter 23: I Corroborate Mr. Dick, and Choose a Profession
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...period, adding that he would be happy to provide two months if it weren't for Mr. Jorkins . He similarly blames Mr. Jorkins for the position's cost, as well as for the... (full context)
Chapter 35: Depression
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...however, says he can't cancel David's articles, although he assigns the blame for this to Mr. Jorkins . Reluctantly, he allows David to go and ask Mr. Jorkins, but Jorkins insists that... (full context)
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David is "bewildered" by his interactions with Mr. Spenlow and Mr. Jorkins , but realizes he will not be able to get the premium back. As he... (full context)
Chapter 38: A Dissolution of Partnership
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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... (full context)
Chapter 39: Wickfield and Heep
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...David is less certain than ever about his future as a proctor, both because of Mr. Jorkins 's poor management and because of the questionable business tactics they and other firms have... (full context)