History Literature / DavidCopperfield

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.
23rd Dec '16 9:16:21 PM Shoebox
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* DeadGuyJunior: David is named after his late father, and renamed by Aunt Betsey (to 'Trotwood') after the girl he wasn't. Also, one of David and Agnes's daughters is named Dora.

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* DeadGuyJunior: David is named after his late father, and renamed Trotwood by Aunt Betsey (to 'Trotwood') after in homage to the girl he wasn't.was supposed to be, whom she was prepared to insist would be named after her. Also, one of David and Agnes's daughters is named Dora.



* DotingParent: Clara (and to a certain extent Aunt Betsey) to David, and Spenlow to Dora.

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* DotingParent: Steerforth's mother, so much. Also Clara (and to a certain extent Aunt Betsey) to David, and Spenlow to Dora.



* 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: After Steerforth and Copperfield talk very loudly in their room, Steerforth is afraid of being reprimanded for "disorderly conduct in the bedroom"bedroom".
**Mr. Dick's name becomes an example when coupled with the belief, very much current in Dickens' time, that mentally-handicapped men are notably well-endowed.
2nd Dec '16 10:50:57 AM Hedging
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* ChildHater: Jane Murdstone, though only towards boys. Her opinion of girls is unknown.
6th May '16 1:50:12 AM Morgenthaler
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* BeautyEqualsGoodness: Played straight with Agnes Wickfield and Uriah Heep, although characters like HandsomeDevil Steerforth blur the lines somewhat. The dwarf Mrs. Mowcher goes from exemplifying this trope on first appearance to totally subverting it the next.

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* BeautyEqualsGoodness: Played straight with Agnes Wickfield and Uriah Heep, although characters like HandsomeDevil Steerforth blur the lines somewhat. The dwarf Mrs. Mowcher goes from exemplifying this trope on first appearance to totally subverting it the next.



* HandsomeDevil: James Steerforth
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