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.
Jorkins Character Timeline in David Copperfield
The timeline below shows where the character Jorkins appears in David Copperfield. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 23: I Corroborate Mr. Dick, and Choose a Profession
Chapter 35: Depression
...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)
Chapter 38: A Dissolution of Partnership
Chapter 39: Wickfield and Heep
...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)