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David Copperfield

Book David Copperfield
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✒ Author
📖 Pages1532
⏰ Reading time 60 hours 30 minutes
💡 Originally published1850
🌏 Original language English
📌 Types Biography and memoirs , Novels
📌 Genres Drama, Love, Historical, Adventure, Prose, Psychological, Realism, Social
📌 Sections Love history , Historical novel , Love story , Adventure novel , Psychological novel , Realistic novel , Social novel

Table of contents


Chapter 1. I Am Born1
Chapter 2. I Observe21
Chapter 3. I Have a Change48
Chapter 4. I Fall into Disgrace76
Chapter 5. I Am Sent Away109
Chapter 6. I Enlarge My Circle of Acquaintance141
Chapter 7. My 'First Half' at Salem House154
Chapter 8. My Holidays. Especially One Happy Afternoon185
Chapter 9. I Have a Memorable Birthday213
Chapter 10. I Become Neglected, and Am Provided For235
Chapter 11. I Begin Life on My Own Account, and Don't Like It270
Chapter 12. Liking Life on My Own Account No Better, I Form a Great Resolution294
Chapter 13. The Sequel of My Resolution311
Chapter 14. My Aunt Makes up Her Mind About Me344
Chapter 15. I Make Another Beginning372
Chapter 16. I Am a New Boy in More Senses Than One389
Chapter 17. Somebody Turns Up426
Chapter 18. A Retrospect456
Chapter 19. I Look About Me and Make a Discovery469
Chapter 20. Steerforth's Home500
Chapter 21. Little Em'ly516
Chapter 22. Some Old Scenes, and Some New People551
Chapter 23. I Corroborate Mr. Dick, and Choose a Profession591
Chapter 24. My First Dissipation617
Chapter 25. Good and Bad Angels631
Chapter 26. I Fall into Captivity666
Chapter 27. Tommy Traddles692
Chapter 28. Mr. Micawber's Gauntlet708
Chapter 29. I Visit Steerforth at His Home, Again743
Chapter 30. A Loss757
Chapter 31. A Greater Loss772
Chapter 32. The Beginning of a Long Journey788
Chapter 33. Blissful821
Chapter 34. My Aunt Astonishes Me851
Chapter 35. Depression867
Chapter 36. Enthusiasm904
Chapter 37. A Little Cold Water933
Chapter 38. A Dissolution of Partnership948
Chapter 39. Wickfield and Heep977
Chapter 40. The Wanderer1010
Chapter 41. Dora's Aunts1026
Chapter 42. Mischief1056
Chapter 43. Another Retrospect1092
Chapter 44. Our Housekeeping1108
Chapter 45. Mr. Dick Fulfils My Aunt's Predictions1135
Chapter 46. Intelligence1162
Chapter 47. Martha1187
Chapter 48. Domestic1207
Chapter 49. I Am Involved in Mystery1227
Chapter 50. Mr. Peggotty's Dream Comes True1248
Chapter 51. The Beginning of a Longer Journey1266
Chapter 52. I Assist at an Explosion1296
Chapter 53. Another Retrospect1335
Chapter 54. Mr. Micawber's Transactions1344
Chapter 55. Tempest1371
Chapter 56. The New Wound, and the Old1392
Chapter 57. The Emigrants1403
Chapter 58. Absence1422
Chapter 59. Return1433
Chapter 60. Agnes1461
Chapter 61. I Am Shown Two Interesting Penitents1477
Chapter 62. A Light Shines on My Way1498
Chapter 63. A Visitor1513
Chapter 64. A Last Retrospect1526

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Chapter 1. I Am Born

Whether I shall turn out to be the hero of my own life, or whether that station will be held by anybody else, these pages must show. To begin my life with the beginning of my life, I record that I was born (as I have been informed and believe) on a Friday, at twelve o'clock at night. It was remarked that the clock began to strike, and I began to cry, simultaneously.
In consideration of the day and hour of my birth, it was declared by the nurse, and by some sage women in the neighbourhood who had taken a lively interest in me several months before there was any possibility of our becoming personally acquainted, first, that I was destined to be unlucky in life; and secondly, that I was privileged to see ghosts and spirits; both these gifts inevitably attaching, as they believed, to all unlucky infants of either gender, born towards the small hours on a Friday night.
I need say nothing here, on the first head, because nothing can show better than my history whether that prediction was verified or falsified by the result. On the second branch of the question, I will only remark, that unless I ran through that part of my inheritance while I was still a baby, I have not come into it yet. But I do not at all complain of having been kept out of this property; and if anybody else should be in the present enjoyment of it, he is heartily welcome to keep it.
I was born with a caul, which was advertised for sale, in the newspapers, at the low price of fifteen guineas. Whether sea-going people were short of money about that time, or were short of faith and preferred cork jackets, I don't know; all I know is, that there was but one solitary bidding, and that was from an attorney connected with the bill-broking business, who offered two pounds in cash, and the balance in sherry, but declined to be guaranteed from drowning on any higher bargain. Consequently the advertisement was withdrawn at a dead loss - for as to sherry, my poor dear mother's own sherry was in the market then - and ten years afterwards, the caul was put up in a raffle down in our part of the country, to fifty members at half-a-crown a head, the winner to spend five shillings. I was present myself, and I remember to have felt quite uncomfortable and confused, at a part of myself being disposed of in that way. The caul was won, I recollect, by an old lady with a hand-basket, who, very reluctantly, produced from it the stipulated five shillings, all in halfpence, and twopence halfpenny short - as it took an immense time and a great waste of arithmetic, to endeavour without any effect to prove to her. It is a fact which will be long remembered as remarkable down there, that she was never drowned, but died triumphantly in bed, at ninety-two. I have understood that it was, to the last, her proudest boast, that she never had been on the water in her life, except upon a bridge; and that over her tea (to which she was extremely partial) she, to the last, expressed her indignation at the impiety of mariners and others, who had the presumption to go 'meandering' about the world. It was in vain to represent to her that some conveniences, tea perhaps included, resulted from this objectionable practice. She always returned, with greater emphasis and with an instinctive knowledge of the strength of her objection, 'Let us have no meandering.'
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