#Classic David Copperfield
- This is one of the few covers NOT showing a small orphaned boy...David Copperfield
- ….but the rook nests that surrounded his first home The Rookery.
- Author: C. Dickens
- Title: David Copperfield
- Published: 1849
- David Copperfield is the story of a young man’s adventures
- …on his journey from an unhappy and impoverished childhood
- to his vocation as a successful novelist.
- David Copperfield—the novel he described as his “favorite child”.
- Dickens drew revealingly on his own experiences to create
- …one of his most popular works.
- It is filled with tragedy and comedy. (Mr. and Mrs Micawber!)
Literary device: foreshadowing
- David is blind to the love that has been in front of him
- …since childhood, Agnes Wickfield.
Ch 35: blindness – foreshadowing
- David Copperfield:
- “If I thought Dora could ever love me.
- …or ever love somebody else…I don’t know what I’d do
- — go out of my mind , I think.”
- Aunt Betsey:
- Shaking her head and smiling gravely: “Blind, blind, blind.
- “Oh, Trot…blind, blind”
- David Copperfield: “…and without knowing why I felt a
- vague unhappy loss or
- ….want of something overshadow me like a cloud.
Ch 58: blindness – foreshadowing
- David Copperfield:
- “For many months I travelled with this ever-darkening cloud upon my mind.
- Some blind reasons that I had for NOT returning home…”
Ch 60: blindness – foreshadowing
- David Copperfield…about to see Agnes after 3 years abroad
- “…for I could not be here once more and so near Agnes
- …without the revival of those regrets...”
- “Oh, Trot, I seemed to hear my aunt say once more;
- …and I understood her better now
- — Blind, blind, blind.“
- I want to read all of Charles Dickens’s novels the next 12 months.
- Having read Our Mutual Friend and David Copperfield in the last 8 weeks
- …I looked for the similarities between the two novels.
- I seems Dickens has a ‘layout’ in his mind that he repeats!
- Deaths : Clara Copperfield (mother DC) – DC’s baby brother – Aunt Betsey’s estranged husband – Steerforth – Dora DC’s wife – Ham ( ex-love, devoted to Emily) – Mr. Barks (married to DC’s nurse Peggoty) – Mr Spenlow (Dora’s father)
- Star crossed lovers: Agnes Wickfield and David Copperfield
- Little person (dwarf) : Miss Mowsher (Steerforth’s hairdresser)
- Little baby dies – DC’s baby brother
- Eccentric but loving: DC’s great-aunt Aunt Betsey Trotwood
- Daughter caring for father: Miss Agnes and her father Mr Wickfield
- Lawyer: Tommy Traddels
- Unrequited love: Miss Rosa Dartle for Steerforth
- Money lending – greedy – corrupt: Uriah Heep
- Villian: Mr. Murdstone, Uriah Heep
- Trusting and naive girl: Emily
- Young lower class girl…lives happily ever after: Martha Endell (married)
- Aunt Betsey (divorced)
- Annie Strong ( married to much older man)
- Dora (thinks she made a mistake marrying David Copperfield)
- Tommy Traddles nd Sophy (ultimate match)
- Mr. and Mr. Micawber (supports each other to the bitter end.)
- Simpleton….but very loving: Mr Dick
- Schoolmaster: Mr Creakle (education included in Dickens’s novels)
Our Mutual Friend:
- Deaths: Betty Higden – baby Johnny (her great-grandson) – Jesse ‘Gaffer Hexam’ – “Mr Dolls” – Bradley Headstone – Rogue Riderhood – John Harmon (….presumed dead but is resurrected!)
- Star crossed lovers: Bella Wilfer and John Harmon (aka J. Rokesmith, J. Hanford)
- Little person (dwarf): Miss Jenny Wren the doll clothes maker
- Little baby dies – Johnny (was to be adopted by Mrs Boffin)
- Eccentric but loving: – Mr. and Mrs Boffin
- Daughter caring for father: Miss Wren and her alcoholic father “Mr. Dolls” – Lizzie Hexam and her poor ‘Gaffer’ Hexam (father) – Bella Wilfer always caring for her doting father Reginald ‘Rumpty’ Wilfer – Pleasant Riderhood and her abusive father Rogue Riderhood
- Lawyers: Mortimer Lightwood and Eugene Wrayburn
- Unrequited love: Miss Peecher for Bradley Headstone
- Money lending – greedy – corrupt: – Mr. ‘Fascination’ Fledgby
- Villian – Bradley Headstone, Rogue Riderhood, Silas Wegg
- Trusting and naive girl: Georgiana Podsnap
- Young lower class girl…lives happily ever after: Lizzie Hexam (married)
- ‘Rumpty’ Wilfer (henpecked husband) –
- Lizzie Hexam (woman desired in marriage by two men—>Headstone and Wrayburn) –
- Alfred and Sophronia Lammle (ultimate miss-match )
- Mr. and Mr. Boffin (support each other to the bitter end)
- Simpleton….but very loving: Sloppy
- Schoolmaster: Bradley Headstone (education included in Dickens’s novels)
My notes on David Copperfield:
Ch 8/64: Oh, what a sad start in life…..but David Copperfield is loved
by his mother and nurse Peggotty. This book does not have the ‘comical’ tone as did Our Mutual Friend…but I’m sure there will be a few eccentric characters!
Ch 18/64: Call it insanity or intoxication…but three cheers for Aunt Betsy Trotwood as she call a spade a spade! “Mr Murdstone you are a tyrant…not get out of my house!” (…and take your sister with you!)
Ch 27/64: David Copperfield has many nicknames:
my pet Davy (Peggoty) – Brooks of Sheffield (stepfather Mr. Murdstone) – Mr Copperfull (landlady) – Daisy (Steerforth) – Trot(wood) (Aunt Betsey) – Doady (wife, Dora)
Ch 37/64: Aunt Betsey has lost patience with Uriah Heep as he jerks about intolerably after receiving a compliment. Aunt Betsey wins the prize for quote of the day:
“Deuce take the man….what’s he about? Don’t be so galvanic , sir!
The ‘child-wife’ Dora …housekeeping books, servants and meals are all
In chaos..but David Copperfield is deeply in love. Aunt Betsey tells Copperfield….be patient, marriage takes time….and remember Rome was not built in a day.
Ch 57/64: Micawber is hysterical. “…I am tossed in all directions by the elephants — I beg your pardon; I should have said the elements!”
- I loved it!
- I must advise the reader to listen to
- …the audio book narrated by R. Armitage
- produced by Audible.com (2016)
- I read the book while listening to
- …the most wonderful voices:
- feisty Scottish accent of Aunt Betsey Trotwood
- swarthy seaman’s sound of Mr. Peggoty
- asthmatic wheezing of Mr Omer the undertaker and coffin maker
- snidely, supercilious sneers of Uriah Heep
- and last but not least the grandiloquent Mr. Micawber!