Miss Lavinia is one of Mr. Spenlow's sisters. Along with her sister, Clarissa, Lavinia takes Dora in after Mr. Spenlow's sudden death. She frequently alludes to a past romance with a man named Pidger, although David privately doubts that there was much to the supposed relationship. Nevertheless, Lavinia's taste for romance makes her inclined to sympathize with David, and both she and her sister agree to allow him to visit and court Dora.
Miss Lavinia Spenlow Character Timeline in David Copperfield
The timeline below shows where the character Miss Lavinia Spenlow appears in David Copperfield. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 41: Dora's Aunts
...who has to "lay claim to [him]self." Finally, one of the aunts says her sister Lavinia will explain their thoughts on David and Dora's relationship, since she is more familiar with... (full context)
Chapter 43: Another Retrospect
...again to make room for Dora, whom David is finally marrying. In the meantime, Miss Lavinia works to assemble a wardrobe for Dora, while Miss Clarissa and Miss Betsey find furniture... (full context)
...a bridesmaid. That evening, Sophy and Agnes (who is also a bridesmaid) arrive at Miss Lavinia's and Miss Clarissa's home. Traddles proudly introduces Sophy to David, who describes her as "not... (full context)
Chapter 53: Another Retrospect
...and Miss Betsey spend tending to and talking with her. Sometimes Miss Clarissa and Miss Lavinia visit, and everyone reminisces about Dora's wedding. David explains that he felt as though everything... (full context)