David Copperfield, Volume 1

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Sheldon, 1863
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User Review  - m.belljackson - LibraryThing

At last away from the Murdstones, the plot started to pick up, then, thud, Wickfield, Old Soldier, and Micawbers balanced thankfully by Peggoty, Aunt Betsey, and Dick. 3/4 of the way through DAVID ... Read full review

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Very (very) long, but full of great and very funny scenes. There are nothing quite like the characters in Dickens. If you've seen the movie, you'll have a bit of a head start in appreciating this. Read full review

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Page 9 - 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.
Page 231 - I had of being utterly neglected and hopeless; of the shame I felt in my position; of the misery it was to my young heart to believe that, day by day, what I had learned, and thought, and delighted in, and raised my fancy...
Page 259 - Annual income twenty pounds, annual expenditure nineteen nineteen six, result happiness. Annual income twenty pounds, annual expenditure twenty pounds ought and six, result misery.
Page 85 - Arabian Nights, and the Tales of the Genii, — and did me no harm ; for whatever harm was in, some of them was not there for me; / knew nothing of it. It is astonishing to me now, how I found time, in the midst of my porings and blunderings over heavier themes, to read those books as I did. It is curious to me...
Page 136 - I heard that Mr. Sharp's wig didn't fit him ; and that he needn't be so " bounceable " — somebody else said "bumptious" — about it, because his own red hair was very plainly to be seen behind. I heard that one boy, who was a coal-merchant's son, came as a set-off against the coal-bill, and was called, on that account, "Exchange or Barter" — a name selected from the arithmetico book as expressing this arrangement.
Page 259 - your papa was very well in his way, and Heaven forbid that I should disparage him. Take him for all in all, we ne'er shall — in short, make the acquaintance, probably, of anybody else possessing, at his time of life, the same legs for gaiters, and able to read the same description of print without spectacles. But he applied that maxim to our marriage, my dear; and that was so far [55] prematurely entered into, in consequence, that I never recovered the expense.
Page 238 - In the latter case, it was commonly a saveloy and a penny loaf; sometimes, a fourpenny plate of beef from a cook's shop; sometimes, a plate of bread and cheese, and a glass of beer, from a miserable old public-house over the way; the Swan, if I remember right, or the Swan and something else that I have forgotten.
Page 238 - small plate" of that delicacy to eat with it. What the waiter thought of such a strange little apparition coming in all alone, I don't know ; but I can see him now, staring at me as I ate my dinner, and bringing up the other waiter to look. I gave him a halfpenny for himself, and I wish he hadn't taken it.
Page 258 - My dear young friend," said Mr. Micawber, " I am older than you ; a man of some experience in life, and — and of some experience, in short, in difficulties, generally speaking. At present, and until something turns up (which I am, I may say, hourly expecting), I have nothing to bestow but advice. Still my advice is so far worth taking that — in short, that I have never taken it myself, and am the " — here Mr. Micawber, who had been beaming and smiling, all over his head and face, up to the...
Page 145 - ... the last thing at night and the first thing in the morning, I drank it gratefully, and was very sensible of his attention.

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