David Copperfield (Bantam Classic) by Charles Dickens

By Charles Dickens

        

"        Like such a lot of fond mom and dad i've got in my middle of hearts a favorite child," wrote Charles Dickens. "And his identify is David Copperfield."
        Of all of Dickens's novels, David Copperfield so much heavily displays the occasions of his personal lifestyles. the tale of an deserted waif who discovers lifestyles and love in an detached international, this vintage story of formative years is populated with a solid of eccentrics, innocents, and villains who quantity one of the author's maximum creations.
        "David Copperfield is stuffed with characters of the main astounding kind, vividness, and originality," famous Somerset Maugham. "They aren't practical and but they abound with existence. There by no means have been such humans because the Micawbers, Pegotty and Barkis, Traddles, Betsey Trotwood and Mr. Dick, Uriah Heep and his mom. they're exceptional innovations of Dickens's exultant mind's eye, yet they've got quite a bit energy, they're so constant, they're provided with rather a lot conviction, that you simply think in them. they're extravagant, yet now not unreal, and when you've got as soon as to grasp them you could by no means fairly put out of your mind them." T. S. Eliot agreed: "Dickens excelled in personality; within the production of characters of higher depth than human beings." And Virginia Woolf concluded: "In David Copperfield, although char-
acters swarm and existence flows into each creek and cranny, a few universal feelings--youth, gaiety, hope--envelops the tumult, brings the scattered elements jointly, and invests the main ideal of all of the Dickens novels with an environment of beauty."

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Chillip was so alarmed by her abruptness—as he told my mother afterwards—that it was a mercy he didn’t lose his presence of mind. ’ replied my aunt, and corked herself again, at one blow. Mr. Chillip could do nothing after this, but sit and look at her feebly, as she sat and looked at the fire, until he was called upstairs again. After some quarter of an hour’s absence, he returned. ’ said my aunt, taking the cotton out of the ear nearest to him. ‘Well, ma’am,’ returned Mr. ’ said my aunt, with a perfect shake on the contemptuous interjection.

I look at a boy in the aisle, and he makes faces at me. I look at the sunlight coming in at the open door through the porch, and there I see a stray sheep—I don’t mean a sinner, but mutton—half making up his mind to come into the church. I feel that if I looked at him any longer, I might be tempted to say something out loud; and what would become of me then? I look up at the monumental tablets on the wall, and try to think of Mr. Bodgers late of this parish, and what the feelings of Mrs. Bodgers must have been, when affliction sore, long time Mr.

Murdstone and I were soon off, and trotting along on the green turf by the side of the road. He held me quite easily with one arm, and I don’t think I was restless usually; but I could not make up my mind to sit in front of him without turning my head sometimes, and looking up in his face. He had that kind of shallow black eye—I want a better word to express an eye that has no depth in it to be looked into—which, when it is abstracted, seems, from some peculiarity of light, to be disfigured, for a moment at a time, by a cast.

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