History Literature / DavidCopperfield

5th Jun '17 6:11:28 AM XFllo
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* AffectionateGestureToTheHead: When Miss Betsey Trotwood visits David's mother Clara Copperfield, who is very pregnant and very sad over her dead husband, she seems very determined, opinionated, stubborn and almost rude. However, at one moment she gently touched Clara's hair ("she had a fancy that she felt Miss Betsey touch her hair, and that with no ungentle hand"). When Clara had a boy instead of a girl that Miss Betsey had wanted to take care of, she left the little family abruptly. Later in the narrative, David is unsure if Miss Betsey will help him from the evils of child labour and poverty, but he remembers the story (told by his mother and their servant-girl Pegotty) and he keeps thinking particularly about this gesture of kindness, and hopes that Miss Betsey will be kind to him as well.

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When Miss Betsey Trotwood visits David's mother Clara Copperfield, who is very pregnant and very sad over her dead husband, she seems very determined, opinionated, stubborn and almost rude. However, at one moment she gently touched Clara's hair ("she had a fancy that she felt Miss Betsey touch her hair, and that with no ungentle hand"). When Clara had a boy instead of a girl that Miss Betsey had wanted to take care of, she left the little family abruptly. Later in the narrative, David is unsure if Miss Betsey will help him from the evils of child labour and poverty, but he remembers the story (told by his mother and their servant-girl Pegotty) and he keeps thinking particularly about this gesture of kindness, and hopes that Miss Betsey will be kind to him as well.well.
---> ''My aunt walked into that story, and walked out of it, a dread and awful personage; but there was one little trait in her behaviour which I liked to dwell on, and which gave me some faint shadow of encouragement. I could not forget how my mother had thought that she felt her touch her pretty hair with no ungentle hand; and though it might have been altogether my motherís fancy, and might have had no foundation whatever in fact, I made a little picture, out of it, of my terrible aunt relenting towards the girlish beauty that I recollected so well and loved so much, which softened the whole narrative.''
** Soon after Mr Murdstone meets little David and his young widowed mother, he pats him on his head, but David dislikes him very much, and dislikes the thought that he is interested in his mother.
5th Jun '17 5:48:11 AM XFllo
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* AdultsAreUseless: David's guardians (save for Peggoty) almost exclusively fall under this, being too childish themselves (Clara Copperfield, Mr. Dick), heartless (the Murdstones, Uriah, Creakle), drunks (Wickfield), or severely in debt (Micawbers). Even kind and capable Aunt Betsey ends up losing all her money and throwing herself on David's doorstep.

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* AdultsAreUseless: David's guardians (save for Peggoty) almost exclusively fall under this, being too childish themselves (Clara Copperfield, Mr. Dick), heartless (the Murdstones, Uriah, Creakle), drunks (Wickfield), or severely in debt (Micawbers). Even kind and capable Aunt Betsey ends up losing all her money and throwing herself on David's doorstep.doorstep.
* AffectionateGestureToTheHead: When Miss Betsey Trotwood visits David's mother Clara Copperfield, who is very pregnant and very sad over her dead husband, she seems very determined, opinionated, stubborn and almost rude. However, at one moment she gently touched Clara's hair ("she had a fancy that she felt Miss Betsey touch her hair, and that with no ungentle hand"). When Clara had a boy instead of a girl that Miss Betsey had wanted to take care of, she left the little family abruptly. Later in the narrative, David is unsure if Miss Betsey will help him from the evils of child labour and poverty, but he remembers the story (told by his mother and their servant-girl Pegotty) and he keeps thinking particularly about this gesture of kindness, and hopes that Miss Betsey will be kind to him as well.
21st May '17 10:45:20 AM nombretomado
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* VictorianBritain
24th Mar '17 5:35:54 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. Before long 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 a fate worse than death, ie. marriage. Meanwhile, 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. Before long 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 a fate worse than death, ie. plans for their marriage. Meanwhile, 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...
24th Mar '17 5:34:27 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 scheming clerk in the family law office, whose fawning professions of 'umbleness' mask a villainous, vengeful heart. He worms his way into his boss' confidence to the extent that said boss' daughter, David's [[PuritySue sweet, beautiful best friend]] Agnes Wickfield, is shortly being menaced by a fate worse than death, ie. marriage to the loathsome Heep. Meanwhile, 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 scheming clerk in the family local law office, whose fawning professions of 'umbleness' mask a villainous, scheming, vengeful heart. He worms nature. Before long Uriah's well on his way into his boss' confidence not only to taking over the extent that said boss' daughter, business but menacing David's [[PuritySue sweet, beautiful best friend]] Agnes Wickfield, is shortly being menaced by the boss' daughter, with a fate worse than death, ie. marriage to the loathsome Heep.marriage. Meanwhile, 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...
24th Mar '17 5:27:52 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 scheming clerk in the family law office, whose fawning professions of 'umbleness' mask a villainous, vengeful heart. He cheats Aunt Betsey out of her fortune ''just'' as David's fallen hopelessly in love with his boss' daughter Dora. Meanwhile, his [[PuritySue sweet, beautiful best friend]] Agnes Wickfield is being menaced by a fate worse than death, ie. marriage to the loathsome Heep. 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 scheming clerk in the family law office, whose fawning professions of 'umbleness' mask a villainous, vengeful heart. He cheats Aunt Betsey out of her fortune ''just'' as David's fallen hopelessly in love with worms his way into his boss' daughter Dora. Meanwhile, his confidence to the extent that said boss' daughter, David's [[PuritySue sweet, beautiful best friend]] Agnes Wickfield Wickfield, is shortly being menaced by a fate worse than death, ie. marriage to the loathsome Heep. Meanwhile, 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...
24th Mar '17 5:25:22 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, an evil clerk in the family law office, who cheats Aunt Betsey out of her fortune ''just'' as David's fallen hopelessly in love with his boss' daughter Dora. Meanwhile, his [[PuritySue sweet, beautiful best friend]] Agnes Wickfield is being menaced by a fate worse than death, ie. marriage to the loathsome Heep. 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, an evil a scheming clerk in the family law office, who whose fawning professions of 'umbleness' mask a villainous, vengeful heart. He cheats Aunt Betsey out of her fortune ''just'' as David's fallen hopelessly in love with his boss' daughter Dora. Meanwhile, his [[PuritySue sweet, beautiful best friend]] Agnes Wickfield is being menaced by a fate worse than death, ie. marriage to the loathsome Heep. 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...
24th Mar '17 1:47:03 AM WillBGood
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...do you [[SickSadWorld see a]] [[TrueArtIsAngsty pattern]] [[CrapsackWorld here]]? It doesn't help that David is by nature a sensitive artistic type who suffers miseries under hardship. Nor that he's so ridiculously gentle and naive (Steerforth dubs him 'Daisy', as in 'fresh as a...') that he's taken advantage of more or less constantly.

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...do you [[SickSadWorld see a]] a [[TrueArtIsAngsty pattern]] [[CrapsackWorld here]]? It doesn't help that David is by nature a sensitive artistic type who suffers miseries under hardship. Nor that he's so ridiculously gentle and naive (Steerforth dubs him 'Daisy', as in 'fresh as a...') that he's taken advantage of more or less constantly.
24th Mar '17 1:46:37 AM WillBGood
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''David Copperfield'' is a coming-of-age tale that follows the title character almost literally from birth to death. In-between that is Creator/CharlesDickens at his finest...

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''David Copperfield'' is a coming-of-age tale that follows the title character almost literally from birth to death. In-between In between that is Creator/CharlesDickens at his finest...
17th Jan '17 2:52:39 PM k410ren
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* KarmaHoudini: Mr. Murdstone never really gets what he deserves for abusing David and his mother, and continues to marry and abuse women.
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