David Copperfield

David Copperfield

Peggotty Character Analysis

Clara Peggotty, who goes by Peggotty, is the Copperfield family servant, acting as Clara Copperfield‘s housekeeper and David’s nurse. She is exceptionally loyal to the family and refuses to desert Clara Copperfield even after her marriage to Mr. Murdstone—a match Peggotty clearly disapproves of. This is partly a reflection of her affection for Clara herself, but it also speaks to the role she plays in David's life as a second mother figure. Since Clara herself is largely unable to stand up for or even comfort her son after her remarriage, Peggotty fills the gap. She is eventually fired by Miss Murdstone, and after living briefly with her brother, Mr. Peggotty, Clara decides to marry a cart driver named Mr. Barkis. The marriage is mostly a practical one, since it makes it easier for her to remain in touch with David. She remains a steady, moral influence in David's life for the remainder of the narrative.

Peggotty Quotes in David Copperfield

The David Copperfield quotes below are all either spoken by Peggotty or refer to Peggotty. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Puffin edition of David Copperfield published in 2013.
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 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!"

Related Symbols: The Sea
Page Number: 275
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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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Peggotty Character Timeline in David Copperfield

The timeline below shows where the character Peggotty appears in David Copperfield. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 1: I Am Born 
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...no rooks. Nevertheless, Miss Betsey is not unkind to Clara, and instructs the Copperfield servant, Peggotty, to fetch tea for her when she faints after trying to defend her late husband's... (full context)
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Peggotty sends her nephew, Ham, to fetch a doctor, who arrives to find Clara settled upstairs... (full context)
Chapter 2: I Observe
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...vivid memory to having retained this skill. David accordingly describes his earliest impressions of Clara, Peggotty, and the home where he grew up. The house is modest but comfortable, and David... (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, describing her as  "very handsome... (full context)
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...should touch [David's] mother's in touching [David]." Clara and Murdstone say their goodbyes, and she, Peggotty, and David go inside the house. As Clara and Peggotty discuss the "pleasant" evening Clara... (full context)
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David wakes up later to the sound of Peggotty and Clara arguing over whether it is appropriate (and kind to David) for Clara to... (full context)
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...to visit with one another, and the atmosphere at the Rookery becomes subtly tense, with Peggotty spending less and less time with her employers. For his part, David continues to view... (full context)
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...men had said about her. She cautions David not to say anything about it to Peggotty, however. Back in the present, David remarks that his mother's image—her "innocent and girlish beauty"—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 visit her brother, Mr. Peggotty,... (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... (full context)
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David describes his impressions of the Peggotty home, which is clean and tidy but smells strongly of fish: Mr. Peggotty fishes for... (full context)
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...sounds, including the wind howling outside and the fire burning inside. Eventually, he asks Mr. Peggotty why he named his "son" Ham, which prompts Mr. Peggotty to explain how he is... (full context)
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Emily then fantasizes about being a lady: she would like to buy her uncle, Mr. Peggotty, an expensive outfit to repay him for his kindness. She would also like to move... (full context)
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...declaring her own unhappiness. On one occasion, she attempts to pick a fight with Mr. Peggotty by complaining that she knows he was out at a public-house (tavern) to escape from... (full context)
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David spends two weeks with the Peggottys and develops a particular set of mental associations with Yarmouth—like "the bells ringing for church,... (full context)
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When David and Peggotty arrive at the Rookery, however, it is a strange servant who opens the door. David... (full context)
Chapter 4: I Fall Into Disgrace
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...sits in his room, thinking sadly about the cold welcome he has received, Clara and Peggotty enter. David is unable to explain what's wrong to his mother, and Clara accuses Peggotty... (full context)
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...evening prayers, but he is otherwise left alone. When five days have passed, David hears Peggotty whispering to him from outside the door. Peggotty reassures David that Clara is not angry... (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 and a purse with a... (full context)
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...of most of his food and drink, as well as one of the three shillings Peggotty gave him. Nevertheless, the waiter is friendly and warns David about the school he is... (full context)
Chapter 7: My 'First Half' at Salem House
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...later that term, Tungay announces that David has visitors. These turn out to be Mr. Peggotty and Ham, and the three share a joyful reunion, with David crying at the sight... (full context)
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...accidentally stumbles into the room, and David takes the opportunity to introduce him to Mr. Peggotty and Ham. Steerforth is effortlessly charming with them, and David pauses in his narrative to... (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... (full context)
Chapter 8: My Holidays, Especially One Happy Afternoon
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...the rest of the way home. David tells Barkis that he relayed his message to Peggotty and is surprised at Barkis's "gruff" response. David presses Barkis further, and Barkis says Peggotty... (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 Peggotty, who laughs... (full context)
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David, Clara, and Peggotty continue to chat after dinner, David describing his experiences at school and reveling in the... (full context)
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This upsets Clara, who accuses Peggotty of being jealous of the baby, and suggests that she should marry Barkis after all.... (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 because David is "sullen," but really because Mr.... (full context)
Chapter 9: I Have a Memorable Birthday
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...they arrive at David's house, he gets out of the chaise quickly and runs to Peggotty. (full context)
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...the days leading up to the funeral are confused, though he remembers being upset when Peggotty took him into the room where his mother's body lay, covered by a sheet. He... (full context)
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Peggotty comes to David's room, and explains that Clara had been sick and unhappy for a... (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... (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 wish to... (full context)
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When the time comes to leave, Peggotty is sad to say goodbye to her home. She is soon distracted, however, by the... (full context)
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David finds that Mr. Peggotty's house looks nearly the same as he remembers, and Mrs. Gummidge is as grumpy as... (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,... (full context)
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Meanwhile, Mr. Barkis pays daily visits to Mr. Peggotty's house, always wordlessly leaving behind some kind of gift for Peggotty. Finally, toward the end... (full context)
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David is sad when Peggotty and Barkis drive off after depositing him and little Em'ly at Mr. Peggotty's, but he... (full context)
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...to school. The Murdstones also discourage him from visiting anyone in the neighborhood or even Peggotty, though she does manage to visit him weekly. By and large, however, David's only consolation... (full context)
Chapter 12: Liking Life on My Own Account No Better, I Form a Great Resolution
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...soft spot for Clara, and might help David on her account. He therefore writes to Peggotty and learns that Miss Betsey lives somewhere near Dover. (full context)
Chapter 13: The Sequel of My Resolution
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...as the ill-effects her remarriage likely had on David's character. She also speaks disparagingly of Peggotty's marriage, at which point David jumps in to defend Peggotty, only to start crying. This... (full context)
Chapter 16: I Am a New Boy in More Senses Than One
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...leaves, but David dreams that night that Uriah is a pirate who has used Mr. Peggotty's house to kidnap and drown both David and little Em'ly. (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 is still somewhat wary... (full context)
Chapter 19: I Look About Me, and Make a Discovery
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...suggests that he take some time to mull over the matter by going to see Peggotty and her family. David agrees, and his aunt indicates that she is very proud of... (full context)
Chapter 20: Steerforth's Home
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As dinner continues, David explains that he is going to visit Peggotty and Mr. Peggotty, and says that he would like Steerforth to come along. Steerforth likes... (full context)
Chapter 21: Little Em'ly
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...David and Steerforth arrive in Yarmouth, Steerforth asks when they will go to see Mr. Peggotty, and David suggests surprising the family with a visit that evening. Steerforth approves of this... (full context)
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David leaves to visit Peggotty, with plans for Steerforth to meet him at Mr. Barkis's in a couple of hours.... (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... (full context)
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David continues on to see Peggotty, and they pretend to be very formal with one another: David asks whether Mr. Barkis... (full context)
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Peggotty goes to tell Barkis that David is there, which she says will do him good.... (full context)
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Peggotty gets along well with Steerforth when he arrives—partly because she is grateful for his kindness... (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 inside the house. When they... (full context)
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Little Em'ly runs away in embarrassment, but Mr. Peggotty continues to speak warmly of the joy she has brought into the household; although he... (full context)
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Mr. Peggotty and Ham manage to persuade little Em'ly to return to the main room, and her... (full context)
Chapter 22: Some Old Scenes, and Some New People
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...in Yarmouth. Since Steerforth enjoys sailing, he often goes out on the ocean with Mr. Peggotty while David spends time with Peggotty or visits Blunderstone. David uses these excursions to return... (full context)
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Whenever David returns from Blunderstone, he passes by Mr. Peggotty's house and checks in. On one occasion, he finds Steerforth alone there, so deep in... (full context)
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...is in Yarmouth. David, however, assumes that Steerforth has really bought the boat for Mr. Peggotty's benefit and is simply too modest to say so. Steerforth passes over this, saying that... (full context)
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...that Emily is currently apprenticed at Mr. Omer's, and that she is engaged to Ham Peggotty—though he (Steerforth) thinks she was "born to be a lady." Miss Mowcher says that the... (full context)
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...is Martha. Martha begged Emily to speak with her as a fellow woman, but Mr. Peggotty wouldn’t allow the conversation to take place in his house. Emily therefore instructed Martha to... (full context)
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Eventually, Peggotty opens the door and motions for Ham and David to enter the house. Once inside,... (full context)
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...and that he would be 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,... (full context)
Chapter 28: Mr. Micawber's Gauntlet
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...Steerforth replies that he was there for a week and didn't see much of the Peggottys, but that Emily isn't married yet. He also gives David a letter from Peggotty, saying... (full context)
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David tells Steerforth he intends to go visit Peggotty to try to comfort her. Steerforth agrees that David might as well go but declines... (full context)
Chapter 30: A Loss
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Minnie enters and 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... (full context)
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...death, as well as what Mr. Omer told him about her. He is interrupted by Peggotty, who comes downstairs and embraces him, thanking him for coming. She then asks David to... (full context)
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...upstairs, David finds Barkis unconscious, but clinging to the box he keeps beside his bed. Peggotty attempts to wake him by telling him David has come to see him, but Barkis... (full context)
Chapter 31: A Greater Loss
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...until Mr. Barkis is buried (in the same cemetery as Clara Copperfield). He also helps Peggotty and exercises his professional skills by reading and interpreting Barkis's will, which he finds in... (full context)
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Everyone arranges to meet at Mr. Peggotty's the night of the funeral. The weather is "wild" when David arrives that evening, but... (full context)
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Mr. Peggotty sees someone coming: it's Ham, but he is not accompanied by little Em'ly. Ham asks... (full context)
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..."he" makes her "a lady," and she asks Ham to convey her love to Mr. Peggotty and to think of her as dead—or "so bad" that her departure is no loss. (full context)
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Mr. Peggotty seems dazed, although he does try to comfort Ham. Eventually, he asks who the man... (full context)
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Mr. Peggotty finally rouses himself and prepares to leave: he plans to go knock a hole in... (full context)
Chapter 32: The Beginning of a Long Journey
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...while many are critical of the couple—and particularly of little Em'ly—everyone is sympathetic to Mr. Peggotty and Ham. (full context)
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David meets Mr. Peggotty and Ham on the beach. Both look very determined, and David worries that if Ham... (full context)
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Mr. Peggotty, Ham, and David return to the house, where Mrs. Gummidge has made breakfast and urges... (full context)
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David returns to Peggotty's house and thinks about everything that has happened since Barkis's death. Suddenly, he hears a... (full context)
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Miss Mowcher changes the subject, explaining that she got Peggotty's address from Omer and Joram, and has been trying to find David all day. She... (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 David... (full context)
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Since Peggotty will be staying in London for some time to deal with Barkis's affairs, David and... (full context)
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Mrs. Steerforth looks pale and unhappy but also very proud. She asks Mr. Peggotty why he has come, and he shows her little Em'ly's letter, asking whether Steerforth will... (full context)
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Appealing to Mrs. Steerforth's love for her son, Mr. Peggotty passionately defends the selflessness of his love for little Em’ly. If Steerforth marries her, Mr.... (full context)
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Mrs. Steerforth says she has nothing more to say, and Mr. Peggotty agrees to leave, explaining that he never really had any hope in talking to her... (full context)
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David rejoins Mr. Peggotty, who says he will leave to look for little Em'ly that very night but will... (full context)
Chapter 33: Blissful
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...even "purer" and more loveable in comparison. Once they are back in London, David tells Peggotty that he has fallen in love and is somewhat disappointed that she doesn't consider his... (full context)
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Meanwhile, David takes Peggotty sightseeing and helps her to sort out her legal and financial affairs. When the latter... (full context)
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Peggotty settles her business with Mr. Spenlow and leaves, while Spenlow and David go to hear... (full context)
Chapter 34: My Aunt Astonishes Me
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...Traddles has stopped by his apartment a few times and stuck up a friendship with Peggotty, who is often there (much to the annoyance of Mrs. Crupp, who refuses to act... (full context)
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...and table). Fortunately, he has found the pieces at a local pawnshop, and asks whether Peggotty might be willing to buy them on his behalf, since the broker will run up... (full context)
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David and Traddles go find Peggotty and carry through with their plan to buy back the flower pot and table. Afterwards,... (full context)
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...all that she owns other than the cottage (which she is renting out). She hopes Peggotty will help find Mr. Dick a place to stay, but she asks to stay with... (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 him to see it. While there, David learns that although Miss... (full context)
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...to prepare her usual nightly glass of wine for her, saying she'll have ale instead. Peggotty then takes Mr. Dick to his own room for the night, and Miss Betsey attempts... (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 little sympathy for her, on account of the... (full context)
Chapter 37: A Little Cold Water
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...also taken it upon herself to redecorate and reorganize David's apartment, making it much cozier. Peggotty helps her with this until she returns to Yarmouth. David accompanies her to the coach... (full context)
Chapter 40: The Wanderer
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...the appearance of a man on the church steps, who turns out to be Mr. Peggotty. This in turn causes David to recognize the woman he had seen as Martha Endell.   (full context)
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David and Mr. Peggotty shake hands, too overwhelmed at first to speak. Eventually, Mr. Peggotty says that he was... (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. Peggotty explains that... (full context)
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...moment, David notices Martha is at the door of the public-house and worries that Mr. Peggotty will see her too. Mr. Peggotty, however, continues talking, crying as he says that many... (full context)
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Mr. Peggotty shows David a letter little Em'ly sent to Mrs. Gummidge. In it, she pleads with... (full context)
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David asks Mr. Peggotty about Ham, and Mr. Peggotty says that he is as hard-working as ever and is... (full context)
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Mr. Peggotty gathers up his things and prepares to leave, explaining that (next to finding little Em'ly),... (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.... (full context)
Chapter 43: Another Retrospect
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...Dora, however, sometimes buys less practical furnishings instead, including a "Chinese dog house" for Jip. Peggotty is also hard at work on David and Dora's behalf, cleaning the cottage and everything... (full context)
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...David wakes up (still in a state of disbelief) and goes to collect Miss Betsey. Peggotty and Mr. Dick are also attending the wedding; in fact, Mr. Dick is giving Dora... (full context)
Chapter 46: Intelligence
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...he has nothing more to say to Littimer, except that he intends to tell Mr. Peggotty the role Littimer played in Emily's flight, and that Littimer should be on his guard.... (full context)
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...older. She asks whether David has heard Littimer's story, and says that she hopes Mr. Peggotty will be able to find little Em'ly in order to prevent Steerforth from "again falling... (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 David notices that he keeps the... (full context)
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...that little Em’ly is likely to come to London, but not to seek out Mr. Peggotty. Instead, he says, she will try to lose herself in the city, which Mr. Peggotty... (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 in life. When... (full context)
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David and Mr. Peggotty are approaching Blackfriars Bridge, and Mr. Peggotty is on the lookout for any sign of... (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 neighborhood is wet,... (full context)
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...calls out to Martha, who at first struggles to get away. When she sees Mr. Peggotty, however, she lets the men take her away from the water, although she continues to... (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 to talk to them about little Em’ly. She says that... (full context)
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Mr. Peggotty reassures Martha that he is in no position to judge her. He says he knows... (full context)
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David and Mr. Peggotty tell Martha everything they know of little Em'ly's whereabouts, and provide her with their addresses... (full context)
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David says goodbye to Mr. Peggotty and heads home. When he passes Miss Betsey's cottage, however, he notices that the door... (full context)
Chapter 50: Mr. Peggotty's Dream Comes True
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...David becomes less hopeful that little Em'ly will ever be found (at least alive). Mr. Peggotty, however, is as certain of finding her as ever, despite the fact that Martha's messages... (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... (full context)
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...point, but David doesn't feel he has a "right" to intervene, and simply wishes Mr. Peggotty would arrive. (full context)
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...she "ever thinks of the home [she has] laid waste." Assuming that Rosa means Mr. Peggotty's home, Emily says she thinks about it constantly and with shame. This angers Rosa, who... (full context)
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...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 happy" in her memories of... (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 it. David sees him catch little Em'ly as... (full context)
Chapter 51: The Beginning of a Longer Journey
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...morning, David is walking in his garden with Miss Betsey when he hears that Mr. Peggotty has come to talk to him. Miss Betsey offers to leave the two men alone,... (full context)
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Mr. Peggotty explains that when Emily escaped from Littimer, she ran along the beach until she passed... (full context)
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...attempted to pay her and her husband for their kindness, but they refused, and Mr. Peggotty blesses their selfless generosity. (full context)
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...her back to her room. Although she told Emily that she had spoken to Mr. Peggotty, and that he had forgiven her, she did not tell Emily when she went out... (full context)
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Mr. Peggotty says that he and Emily stayed up all night together, crying and talking. Miss Betsey,... (full context)
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Finally, David asks whether Mr. Peggotty has made up his mind about what to do next. Mr. Peggotty says that he... (full context)
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Mr. Peggotty explains that there is one more thing that troubles him: the money that Emily sent... (full context)
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David and Mr. Peggotty pass Mr. Omer's shop on the way to visit Ham, and David stays behind to... (full context)
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...to hear about Emily—asks what will now happen to Martha. David is sure that Mr. Peggotty has not forgotten about her, but admits that he doesn't know. Mr. Omer says he... (full context)
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David goes to Ham's house, where Peggotty now lives as well. Mr. Peggotty has brought Mrs. Gummidge over as well, and both... (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... (full context)
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...Emily. Ham thanks him and also asks him to convey his "lovingest duty" to Mr. Peggotty, whom he does not expect to see again. David promises to do so, and Ham... (full context)
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Mr. Peggotty and Mrs. Gummidge have emptied the house of most of its furniture by the time... (full context)
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David and Mr. Peggotty tour the rest of the house, and then return to Mrs. Gummidge, who suddenly cries... (full context)
Chapter 52: I Assist at an Explosion
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...he can set any terms he likes, and urges him to consider going with Mr. Peggotty and little Em'ly to Australia. Meanwhile, Mrs. Micawber wonders aloud whether Australia is the kind... (full context)
Chapter 54: Mr. Micawber's Transactions
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...leave England until after the entire affair with Uriah has been resolved, and after Mr. Peggotty and Emily have left for Australia. He therefore returns to Canterbury with Miss Betsey and... (full context)
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...giving the Micawbers slightly more than they need to secure passage, and then entrusting Mr. Peggotty with providing the rest. (full context)
Chapter 55: Tempest
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Not long before the ship for Australia is set to sail, Peggotty comes to London to see not only David, but also Mr. Peggotty and little Em'ly.... (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 gives him a letter that little Em'ly has... (full context)
Chapter 57: The Emigrants
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...he wants to conceal the deaths of Ham and Steerforth from little Em'ly and Mr. Peggotty. He does, however, tell Mr. Micawber what has happened so that he can help David... (full context)
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...Traddles (who also knows about the accident) comes with him, and Agnes, Miss Betsey, and Peggotty are already there helping the Micawbers pack. Mr. Micawber is in a very good mood,... (full context)
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Miss Betsey drinks to Mr. Micawber's words, and Mr. Peggotty and the Micawbers then toast the whole group. David is struck by Mr. Peggotty's good... (full context)
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...morning and finds that the Micawbers have already left. The following afternoon, however, he and Peggotty go to visit the emigrants on board the ship. Mr. Peggotty is on deck, and... (full context)
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Mr. Peggotty asks David whether he has any final words for him, and David mentions Martha. At... (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 a message to relay to Ham. David... (full context)
Chapter 58: Absence
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...his despair. His grief encompasses Dora, Steerforth, and Ham, but also the loss of the Peggotty's home, and the ruin of "the whole airy castle" of his own life. David travels... (full context)
Chapter 59: Return
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...where he is greeted not only by his aunt and Mr. Dick but also by Peggotty, who is now their housekeeper. David recounts his conversation with Mr. Chillip, and while they... (full context)
Chapter 60: Agnes
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David and Miss Betsey spend the night catching up. Mr. Peggotty and his family are apparently doing well in Australia, and Mr. Micawber has actually managed... (full context)
Chapter 62: A Light Shines on My Way
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...taking Agnes's arm to demonstrate what he means. This sends Miss Betsey into "hysterics," and Peggotty needs to revive her. Miss Betsey then hugs Peggotty and Mr. Dick, telling them the... (full context)
Chapter 63: A Visitor
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...in, and Agnes—who catches a glimpse of his face before David—announces that it is Mr. Peggotty. (full context)
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Mr. Peggotty is now an old man, but he still looks strong and healthy, and takes the... (full context)
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Mr. Peggotty explains that he has promised little Em'ly he will only stay in England for a... (full context)
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Agnes asks after Emily, and Mr. Peggotty explains that she was initially very depressed, so it is fortunate she didn't know about... (full context)
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David asks about Martha, and Mr. Peggotty says she married a farm-laborer, who is aware of her "true story." As for Mrs.... (full context)
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Finally, David asks about Mr. Micawber, and Mr. Peggotty says has paid off all his debts. Mr. Peggotty explains that both he and Mr.... (full context)
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Mr. Peggotty stays with David and Agnes for roughly a month: both Peggotty and Miss Betsey come... (full context)
Chapter 64: A Last Retrospect
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...in her eighties but is still "a steady walker of six miles at a stretch." Peggotty, meanwhile, is now "shrivelled" rather than ruddy, but retains her old habit of needlework, and... (full context)