History Literature / DavidCopperfield

24th Apr '18 9:52:50 AM hullflyer
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-->'''David:''' ''(upon his aunt's suggestion that he become a proctor)'' What ''is'' a proctor, Steerforth?[[note]]A proctor, though usually today meaning someone who oversees a university exam, here means a kind of court-based lawyer[[/note]]

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-->'''David:''' ''(upon his aunt's suggestion that he become a proctor)'' What ''is'' a proctor, Steerforth?[[note]]A proctor, though usually today meaning someone who oversees a university exam, here means a kind of court-based lawyer[[/note]]lawyer - something that David, who works in a ''law office'', should be aware of.[[/note]]
24th Apr '18 9:52:02 AM hullflyer
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-->'''David:''' ''(upon his aunt's suggestion that he become a proctor)'' What ''is'' a proctor, Steerforth?

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-->'''David:''' ''(upon his aunt's suggestion that he become a proctor)'' What ''is'' a proctor, Steerforth?Steerforth?[[note]]A proctor, though usually today meaning someone who oversees a university exam, here means a kind of court-based lawyer[[/note]]
15th Dec '17 4:16:56 PM snichols1973
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* {{Expy}}: Uriah Heep, of Theatre/{{Tartuffe}}; they both use their false humility to scheme against their hosts and deprive them of property and their fortunes, namely Uriah Heep to Mr. Wickfield, and Tartuffe to Orgon.

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* {{Expy}}: Uriah Heep, of Theatre/{{Tartuffe}}; they both use their false humility to scheme against their hosts and attempt to deprive them of property and their fortunes, namely Uriah fortunes (Uriah Heep to Mr. Wickfield, and Tartuffe to Orgon.Orgon).



-->'''Micawber''': Gentlemen! Gentlemen! Gentlemen! Gentlemen! In the aggregate, I judge you to be a highly distasteful collection, and to detail: cowardly, uncouth, and deserving of merciless chastisement. You'll oblige me by removing your unsavory persons from my immediate vicinity. In short: '''get out!'''

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-->'''Micawber''': Gentlemen! Gentlemen! Gentlemen! Gentlemen! In the aggregate, I judge you to be a highly distasteful collection, and to detail: cowardly, uncouth, and deserving of merciless chastisement. You'll oblige me by removing your unsavory persons from my immediate vicinity. [[GetOut In short: '''get out!'''get out!]]
14th Dec '17 9:30:47 PM snichols1973
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* {{Expy}}: Uriah Heep, of Theatre/{{Tartuffe}}; they both use their false humility to scheme against their hosts and deprive them of property and their fortunes, namely Uriah Heep to Mr. Wickfield, and Tartuffe to Orgon.


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* {{Hypocrite}}: Uriah Heep, who in spite of claiming to be "humble", shows himself to be anything but humble when he uses his scheming power to forge Wickfield's signature in his attempt to embezzle the Wickfields' fortunes.
14th Dec '17 9:19:05 PM snichols1973
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* PapaWolf: Mr. Micawber comes to David's rescue at the winemaker's factory and chases the abusive employees away:

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* PapaWolf: Mr. Micawber comes to David's rescue at the winemaker's factory and chases the abusive employees away:away in the 1935 adaptation featuring Creator/WCFields as Mr. Micawber:
14th Dec '17 9:16:07 PM snichols1973
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* PapaWolf: Mr. Micawber comes to David's rescue at the winemaker's factory and chases the abusive employees away:
-->'''Micawber''': Gentlemen! Gentlemen! Gentlemen! Gentlemen! In the aggregate, I judge you to be a highly distasteful collection, and to detail: cowardly, uncouth, and deserving of merciless chastisement. You'll oblige me by removing your unsavory persons from my immediate vicinity. In short: '''get out!'''
26th Nov '17 4:18:47 PM Shoebox
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Desperate, David runs away, finally reaching a safe haven with his eccentric Aunt Betsey Trotwood - who magnanimously forgives him for not being a girl - and her own... interesting... coterie. It's at this point David meets Uriah Heep, a clerk in the local law office, whose fawning professions of 'umbleness' mask a scheming, vengeful nature. By the time David's graduated high school Uriah's well on his way not only to taking over the business but menacing David's [[PuritySue sweet, beautiful best friend]] Agnes Wickfield, the boss' daughter, with plans for their marriage. In his spare time, Uriah cheats Aunt Betsey out of her fortune ''just'' as David's fallen hopelessly in love with his boss' daughter Dora. Even Micawber, now Heep's clerk, is acting strangely. Oh, and over in the main subplot, David's oldest and dearest schoolfriend, James Steerforth, is busily seducing and ruining David's childhood sweetheart, little Emily...

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Desperate, David runs away, finally reaching a safe haven with his eccentric Aunt Betsey Trotwood - who magnanimously forgives him for not being a girl - and her own... interesting... coterie. It's at this point David meets Uriah Heep, a clerk in the local law office, whose fawning professions of 'umbleness' mask a scheming, vengeful nature. By the time David's graduated high school Uriah's well on his way not only to taking over the business but menacing David's [[PuritySue sweet, beautiful best friend]] Agnes Wickfield, the boss' daughter, with plans for their marriage. In his spare time, Uriah cheats Aunt Betsey out of her fortune ''just'' just as David's fallen hopelessly in love with his ''his'' boss' daughter Dora. Even Micawber, now Heep's clerk, is acting strangely. Oh, and over in the main subplot, David's oldest and dearest schoolfriend, James Steerforth, is busily seducing and ruining David's childhood sweetheart, little Emily...
25th Nov '17 4:31:40 PM TheGreatConversation
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* AffectionateNickname: When David re-encounters Steerforth as a young adult, Steerforth immediately nicknames him "Daisy," [[HoYay purportedly]] in reference to his "freshness" and naivety. He rarely addresses him as David after that.

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* AffectionateNickname: When David re-encounters is apparently just too cute for people to resist nicknaming him.
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Steerforth as a young adult, Steerforth immediately nicknames calls him "Daisy," [[HoYay purportedly]] in reference to his "freshness" and naivety. He rarely addresses naivety.
** Dora calls
him "Doady," and asks him to refer to her as David after that. his "child-wife."
** Agnes calls him "Trotwood" throughout his life, since that was how he was first introduced to her by [[TheNicknamer David's aunt]].



* HaveAGayOldTime: After Steerforth and Copperfield talk very loudly in their room, Steerforth is afraid of being reprimanded for "disorderly conduct in the bedroom".

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* HaveAGayOldTime: HaveAGayOldTime
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After Steerforth and Copperfield talk very loudly in their room, Steerforth is afraid of being reprimanded for "disorderly conduct in the bedroom".



** Following David's first marriage:
--->It was a strange condition of things ... when I found myself sitting down in my own small house with Dora; quite thrown out of employment, as I may say, in respect of the delicious old occupation of making love.



* RedEyesTakeWarning: David refers to the villainous Uriah Hero's eyes as red several times, with an ambiguous degree of seriousness.
* RedRightHand: Uriah Heep's ugly physical characteristics - including an unpleasant habit of wringing his dry hands together - are repeatedly emphasized to illustrate his evilness.

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* RedEyesTakeWarning: David sometimes refers to the villainous Uriah Hero's Heep's eyes as red several times, red, with an ambiguous degree of seriousness.
* RedRightHand: Uriah Heep's ugly physical characteristics - including characteristics--including an unpleasant habit of wringing his dry hands together - are together--are repeatedly emphasized to illustrate his evilness.



* TheStoryteller: To cope with the BoardingSchoolOfHorrors's crap, Steerforth suggests to young David that he recount the tales he has learned from his beloved books. Steerforth suggests it purely for his own entertainment, but David later suggests that the practice was vital in developing the tendency towards authorship [[MostWritersAreWriters he would later avail himself of]].

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* TheStoryteller: To cope with the BoardingSchoolOfHorrors's crap, Steerforth suggests to makes young David that he recount the tales he has learned from his beloved books. Steerforth suggests it purely for his own entertainment, but David later suggests muses that the practice was vital in developing likely helped develope the tendency towards authorship [[MostWritersAreWriters he would later avail himself of]].
4th Nov '17 8:30:06 AM jamespolk
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[[caption-width-right:350:David gets married]]
5th Oct '17 4:22:54 PM TheGreatConversation
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* AmoralAttorney: Uriah Heep and, by blackmail, Wickfield. Also David's first bosses Spenlow and Jorkins, to an extent.

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* AmbiguouslyEvil: Steerforth is often cast as one of the villains of the piece, although his actions betray a mere careless self-interest (coupled with an unfortunately potent charisma), rather than any actual desire to do harm.
* AmoralAttorney: Uriah Heep and, by blackmail, Wickfield. Also David's first bosses Spenlow and Jorkins, to an extent. Dickens gleefully lampshades the disastrous state of the British judicial system at every opportunity.



* DefiledForever: The reason everyone is so distraught by Emily's escape with Steerforth. If he seduces her but neglects to marry her, she will be forever stained in the eyes of Victorian society.
* DestructiveRomance: Emily's all-consuming ambition to "be a lady" and Steerforth's tendency to woo and then discard collide with disastrous results.



* {{Manchild}}: David is a downplayed example. Despite spending a good portion of his childhood on the streets of London, he remains fairly naive as an adult.
-->'''David:''' ''(upon his aunt's suggestion that he become a proctor)'' What ''is'' a proctor, Steerforth?
* TheMatchmaker: Ms. Mills, having despaired of ever finding love herself, reportedly plays this role for every young couple she can get her hands on. She consequently becomes the ShipperOnDeck for David and Dora, and is instrumental in their continued relationship.



* MostWritersAreWriters: The book ends with David having become a successful novelist. Justified, since David is a loose portrait of Dickens himself.



* OneOfTheKids: Mr. Dick is very simple and kind, and relates well with the young David.

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* OneOfTheKids: Mr. Dick is very simple and kind, and relates well bonds easily with the young David.



* RichBoredom: Steerforth to a tee. He doesn't ''have'' to do anything, and as a result, he flits from one fancy to the next without truly accomplishing anything.



* SecondLove: David, for Agnes -- although a case can be made that the first, Dora, was only boyish infatuation.

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* SecondLove: David, for Agnes -- although Agnes--although a case can be made that the first, Dora, was only boyish infatuation.



* ShipperOnDeck: Miss Mills for David and Dora.

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* ShipperOnDeck: Miss Mills for ShelteredAristocrat: Dora, tragically. She doesn't know anything about household management or upper-middle-class life, a fact which frustrates David and Dora.to no end.
* ShoutOut: All the books David mentions reading as a child are real books Dickens probably read in his. The novel is filled with allusions to other famous works of literature, primarily Shakespeare.



* SocialClimber
** Little Em'ly spends all her life wishing to be a lady. So when the dashingly highborn James Steerforth offers himself up, she jumps at the opportunity.
** Uriah Heep works the backstabber angle of this trope, plotting to supplant his employer in the law firm.



* TheStoryteller: To cope with the BoardingSchoolOfHorrors's crap, David becomes this.

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* TheStoryteller: To cope with the BoardingSchoolOfHorrors's crap, Steerforth suggests to young David becomes this.that he recount the tales he has learned from his beloved books. Steerforth suggests it purely for his own entertainment, but David later suggests that the practice was vital in developing the tendency towards authorship [[MostWritersAreWriters he would later avail himself of]].
* SupportingProtagonist: David toes the line, especially when Steerforth is around.
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