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David Copperfield (Revised)
David Copperfield (Revised) | Charles Dickens
'The most perfect of all the Dickens novels' Virginia Woolf " David Copperfield" is the story of a young man's adventures on his journey from an unhappy and impoverished childhood to the discovery of his vocation as a successful novelist. Among the gloriously vivid cast of characters he encounters are his tyrannical stepfather, Mr Murdstone; his brilliant, but ultimately unworthy school-friend James Steerforth; his formidable aunt, Betsey Trotwood; the eternally humble, yet treacherous Uriah Heep; frivolous, enchanting Dora Spenlow; and the magnificently impecunious Wilkins Micawber, one of literature's great comic creations. In David Copperfield - the novel he described as his 'favourite child' - Dickens drew revealingly on his own experiences to create one of the most exuberant and enduringly popular works, filled with tragedy and comedy in equal measure. This edition uses the text of the first volume publication of 1850, and includes updated suggestions for further reading, original illustrations by 'Phiz', a revised chronology and expanded notes. In his new introduction, Jeremy Tambling discusses the novel's autobiographical elements, and its central themes of memory and identity. For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust theseries to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-datetranslations by award-winning translators."
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Yossarian
David Copperfield | Charles Dickens
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Chapter 64: A Last Retrospective. We learn that nobody changes unless David is looking at them, which mostly involves minor characters I had forgotten (Julia?) but also includes Rosa Dartle and Mrs. Steerforth— who I had thought implicitly died after her son, but apparently is locked in eternal conflict with her arch-nemesis like in that one Star Trek episode where the they fight in a parallel dimension forever. #readalong #buddyread

Ruthiella I wonder if Julia is supposed to represent another life that would have been possible- but it‘s ultimately superficial and empty. 1mo
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Yossarian
David Copperfield | Charles Dickens
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Chapter 63: A Visitor. In a continuing effort to tie up every single lose end — both spatially and temporally — we jump 10 years in the future when Mr. Pegotty drops by to tell David, Agnes, and the three kids that everyone in Australia had a relatively happy ending.and Martha got married. #readalong #buddyread

CrowCAH Yes, everyone‘s story is all tidied up real nicely! 1mo
Ruthiella And don‘t forget Mr. Mell! 😀 1mo
Yossarian @Ruthiella I did, in fact, forget Mr. Mell. 1mo
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David Copperfield | Charles Dickens
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Got my copy of Demon Copperhead today! I noticed immediately that it has 64 chapters, just like the Dickens, and begins, “First, I got myself born.” Will the parallels to DC be that close, Chapter by Chapter?

TheBookStacker I‘m getting my copy tomorrow can‘t wait to start it! 1mo
CrowCAH I‘ll guess you‘ll have to read and find out! 1mo
Ruthiella Sounds like it! How many pages is it? Also long? 1mo
Yossarian @Ruthiella 546 pages. So, long. But not quite David Copperfield long. 1mo
Yossarian @TheBookStacker You want to join my #buddyread? A chapter per day for 64 days? 1mo
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David Copperfield | Charles Dickens
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Chapter 62: A Light Shines On My Way. So did Aunt Betsey know Agnes was in love with David, or did she think there was another man? If the first, why didn‘t she tell him? If the second, why did she think that? #readalong #buddyread

CrowCAH I think she knew that Agnes liked David. I would assume she said there was another man to spur David into action. 1mo
Ruthiella @CrowCAH Yes, that‘s my interpretation also. 1mo
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Yossarian
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Chapter 61: I Am Shown Two Interesting Penitents. Okay, this is just getting silly. In an effort to tie up lose ends, David tours a prison randomly, where he meets two model inmates — Uriah Heep arrested for bank fraud and his neighbor Steerforth‘a valet, tackled after stealing from his employer by Miss Mowcher. Every loose string is now tied up! #readalong #buddyread

CrowCAH Lol I agree. It‘s interesting why Dickens wanted to give conclusions to all characters even minor ones. Such a small world that we keep running into the same people. 1mo
Ruthiella This is typical Dickens. He likes to tie everything up in a neat bow at the end. Not realistic but maybe emotionally satisfying. 1mo
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Yossarian
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Chapter 60: Agnes. David loves Agnes, but is afraid of losing his sister-like advisor. Agnes loves David, but will not impose herself on him. We all know where this is going, and they have like four chapters to get there, so let‘s get on with it already! #readalong #buddyread

Ruthiella Indeed. If characters were more straightforward about things, it‘d be a much shorter novel! 1mo
CrowCAH It was such a touching chapter. But I agree, hurry up and confess your feelings!!! ❤️ 1mo
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Yossarian
David Copperfield | Charles Dickens
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Chapter 59: Return. A lot of marriage foreshadowing. David comes home to find Traddles still poor and not famous, but happily married and new guardian of his wife‘s sisters. Meanwhile, the Murdstone siblings are “pulling a Murdstone” with another young bride. Makes you wonder what the young wealthy women are getting out of it. #readalong #buddyread

Ruthiella They are getting what they think will be a charming husband. He doesn‘t show what he really is until they are trapped by marriage. What a sick pair they are. I think Heep is a villain too, but at least I understand his motivation. 1mo
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Chapter 58: Absence. David spends three years in Switzerland being sad and realizing he loves Agnes but probably missed his chance. I‘m guessing he didn‘t. #readalong #buddyread

CrowCAH It‘s his “dark night of the soul” moment. I was hopeful he didn‘t miss his chance with Agnes… 2mo
Ruthiella @CrowCAH You are right about that! 1mo
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Chapter 57: The Emigrants. I loved combining the sad task of everyone shielding Mr. Pegotty from Ham and Steerforth‘s deaths until they left with the comedy of Micawber getting repeatedly arrested, losing hope, and getting bailed out in a matter of minutes. Beyond that, I wasn‘t really sure what most of them were talking about. #readalong #buddyread

CrowCAH Yeah all the arrests were comical! 😆 2mo
Ruthiella I think most of the chatter was between Mr and Mrs Micawber and if their illustrious grandchildren and great grandchildren who are bound to be successful in Australia (based purely on Mrs. Micawber‘s belief in her husband‘s abilities) will owe any debt to England. What I liked was that little throw away bit that Martha is emigrating with them! Hopefully to a happier life! 2mo
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Yossarian
David Copperfield | Charles Dickens
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Chapter 56: The New Wound and the Old

So, Steerforth and Uriah Heep are supposed to be the bad guys, but oh my goodness Rosa took the cake here. Mrs. Steerforth finds out her son died, and Rosa Dartle send her over the edge into catatonia by blaming her and saying she was the only one who really loved him. The enemy of my enemy is my . . . bigger enemy. #readalong #buddyread

CrowCAH Dartle was harsh to Mrs. From what we saw she didn‘t really show any love towards Steerforth. 2mo
Suet624 Everybody okay? 2mo
Yossarian @Suet624 Yes. That was the first Google image hit for the Chapter Title. 2mo
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Ruthiella I‘m a bit behind and only just read this today. I‘m actually on Rosa‘s side, though she could have been more tactful. James was a privilege and spoiled monster who ruined the lives of Rosa, Emily, the teacher, Mr. Mell and who knows who else. He was good to David once, but only because it flattered his ego, I think. 2mo
Yossarian @Ruthiella Steerforth was a spoiled monster, but (a) that can‘t be blamed 100% on the mother, (b) Mrs. Steerforth was still feuding — Dora was ready to forgive everything (past or present), and (c) even if Dora were 100% right, you let the mother grieve for a full 30 seconds before piling on. 2mo
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David Copperfield | Charles Dickens
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Chapter 55: Tempest. They criticize Game of Thrones for being too bloody, but David has lost everyone in his family except his Aunt Betsey, is now widowed, his boss died, and then goes out in a storm to watch Ham die trying unsuccessfully to save his archenemy Steerforth, who shouldn‘t have been anywhere near Yarmouth anyway. And the man is maybe 23? Bloody book. #readalong #buddyread

CrowCAH This was a rough chapter. Lots of death. 2mo
Ruthiella To me this was Dickens at his most excessive. Pages and pages of of description of the storm and then two symbolic deaths, one of which could easily been avoided and was practically suicidal. 2mo
Yossarian @CrowCAH @Ruthiella So did Ham know he was trying to save his sworn enemy? 2mo
Ruthiella @Yossarian @CrowCAH I don‘t think he could have known? 2mo
CrowCAH @Ruthiella I agree. I don‘t think he knew. He was just saving anyone he could. 2mo
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David Copperfield | Charles Dickens
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The Super Team of ever single character in the whole book who is at least 7/10 good and 5/10 competent in their field (except for the Pegotty family): David (9/7), Aunt Betsey (7/8), Traddles (9/5) and Agnes (10/10) send the Micawbers out of the room and decide their fates like gods among men. The send the Micawbers off with the Pegotty family. #readalong #buddyread

CrowCAH To Australia they will go! 2mo
Ruthiella Even with Mr. Peggotty looking out for him, I don‘t see how Micawber is going to turn over a new leaf. Yes, he likes speechifying and writing letters and making punch…but is he actually willing to work for a paycheck? (edited) 2mo
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David Copperfield | Charles Dickens
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Chapter 53: Another Retrospective. It is a cliche that you can fool the people, but the dog can sense your true nature. That‘s why I support Jip, a stupid dog who loves and hates fairly randomly. I guess we are left to conclude that Dora and Jip both lived long, full lives in dog years, before slowly fading away simultaneously. #resdalong #buddyread

Ruthiella Poor Jip. 2mo
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David Copperfield | Charles Dickens
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Chapter 52: I Assist At An Explosion. Micawber accuses Heep of defrauding everyone and brings the receipts. Aunt Betsey is so happy she might get some of her estate back that she offers the Micawbers a one-way trip to Australia that they accept faster than David accepted her idea for a rando administrative law career. #readalong #buddyread

Ruthiella I‘m not sure that emigrating is a good idea for the Micawbers. I guess Mr. Micawber has proved that he CAN work, but that was mostly because Heep was holding his feet to the fire. 2mo
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David Copperfield | Charles Dickens
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Chapter 51: The Beginning of a Longer Journey

Mr. Pegotty and Emily are going to Australia. I was thinking about how Emily shouldn‘t have been shamed into leaving, but at least she had somewhere to go. If someone today gets “canceled” by their society‘s norms, they don‘t have an Australia to start over in. #readalong #buddyread

Ruthiella Someone somewhere has probably written an imagined follow up of Uncle Peggotty and Emily‘s life down under, but let‘s hope Emily is able to let go of the shame she carries in her head. 2mo
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VanessaCW
David Copperfield (Revised) | Charles Dickens
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Although I didn‘t always understand the phraseology, so much so I let it go over my head 🤯, there‘s a great storyline at this book‘s heart. There are some fabulous and vividly depicted characters with a wonderful villain in the ever-so ‘umble Uriah Heep. The writing is wordy but very evocative of the time and place. I found it heavy going but overall I thought it quite a remarkable but emotional journey. I‘m pleased I read it. #Pigeonhole

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Yossarian
David Copperfield | Charles Dickens
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Chapter 50: Mr. Pegotty‘s Dream Comes True

Emily appears, but before our heroes find her, Rosa Dartle appears to rip her a new asshole. All Rosa cares about is that Emily be seen as a slut temptress rather than an innocent victim. Not sure if women are better at supporting each other today. #NotAllMenAreJamesSteerforth #readalong #buddyread

Ruthiella When it comes to infidelity, I do think we still tend to be harder on the one who “stole” him or her away while the partner who betrayed is often ultimately forgiven. But I‘m not sure it‘s a gendered thing. (edited) 2mo
Yossarian @Ruthiella I was thinking of Monica Lewinsky, Amy Fisher, or other younger, less powerful women who get labeled “homewreckers” rather than the man who actually wrecked the home. 2mo
Ruthiella @Yossarian True that! 2mo
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David Copperfield | Charles Dickens
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Chapter 49: I Am Involved In A Mystery

The solution of the mystery is Micawber hates working for Uriah Heep, but the real mystery is exactly why. We know Heep is horrible and deceitful and other bad adjectives, but we don‘t get any specifics to know how he‘s a bad boss. I assume Dickens didn‘t know enough about the law to specify. #readalong #buddyread

Ruthiella I‘m pretty excited that Micawber‘s going to give us a big reveal of what Heep‘s been up to later! 2mo
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David Copperfield | Charles Dickens
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Chapter 48: Domestic. I really want to know what sort of illnesses Dickensian women get where they just slowly fade away over the course of weeks or months in their 20s. After his mom, it‘s almost like he Murdstoned Dora by trying to form her mind against her will. #buddyread #readalong

Ruthiella I won‘t be sad, however, to say good bye to Dora. She‘s frustrating. She needed a Peggotty in her life, poor thing. 2mo
CrowCAH I was glad to see Dora go. I was always rooting for David to get with Agnes… 2mo
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Yossarian
David Copperfield | Charles Dickens
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Chapter 47: Martha This was another chapter where the text is Martha agrees to help if she finds Emily, but I felt like there was ten pages of subtext that I missed. Also, Uncle Betsey is weird. That is all. #readalong #buddyread

Ruthiella Martha is a prostitute. Dickens couldn‘t say that outright. 2mo
CrowCAH Very true, he‘s good at alluding to things without ever right out mentioning it. 2mo
Yossarian @Ruthiella @CrowCAH Yes, but I don‘t infer that from anything Dickens actually says, but instead from the length of time he spends not saying it. If you wanted to argue that Martha was actually a murderous loan shark, I‘m not sure what I could cite in the chapter to prove you were wrong. 2mo
CrowCAH @Yossarian I‘m not so sure that was her profession: prostitution or loan shark. She seemed more crazy and just a loner. She was talking a long walk, seemingly with some intent. 2mo
Ruthiella If she were a murderous loan shark, he would just say so. There‘s no shame in that. 2mo
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Chapter 46: Intelligence

Steerforth‘s (ex-)butler reports that Emily ran off after Steerforth tried to pawn her off on the butler himself. Between Mrs. Steerforth‘s son, Mr. Pegotty‘s daughter, and the orphan David, we are invited to consider what it means to be proud of your own child. #readalong #buddyread

tpixie What a coinkydink to see this title. I just heard that this book is loosely based off of David Copperfield (edited) 2mo
Yossarian @tpixie Not a coinkydink at all! We are ready a Chapter per day of David Copperfield with the goal of finishing the day that Demon Copperhead is published! We‘re then jumping right into Kingsolver‘s new one! 2mo
tpixie @Yossarian awesome! Great planning! 2mo
Ruthiella I feel sorry for Emily. She wants more from life than is allowed her. Littimer‘s assumption she should be happy to marry him is icky and infuriating. 2mo
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Yossarian
David Copperfield | Charles Dickens
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Chapter 45. Mr. Dick Fulfills My Aunt‘s Prediction. Honestly, I think I missed a plot point. Dick has Mr. Strong leave his full estate to his wife, the Old Soldier overhears, and Mrs. Strong is kneeling before her husband leading to a full reconciliation. Did I miss a step here? #readalong #buddyread

Ruthiella I think they never actually SPOKE about it. Just kept treating the other with kid gloves. 2mo
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Chapter 44: Our Housekeeping

When someone shows you who they are, believe them. David marries his self-described “child-wife” and then seems surprised that she continues to act like a child. Aunt Betsey has the right advice, and David stops trying to change her into someone useful. Then, they are happy, if not completely satisfied. #readalong #buddyread

CrowCAH Seems like days would go by super slow with all her idleness. She should have at least tried to apply herself. 2mo
Ruthiella I thought Aunt Betsy‘s advice was spot on. 2mo
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Chapter 43: Another Retrospect

Honestly, the most surprising thing to happen in this book so far is that David and Dora actually got married, even though they‘ve been foreshadowing for ten chapters. I felt like they were on the verge of realizing their mistake before we got to this “fast forward a few years” chapter where all character development freezes. #readalong #buddyread

Ruthiella Alas no. 😱 2mo
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Chapter 42: Mischief. Is Mr. Strong better off knowing the truth — that literally everyone suspects his young wife of being in love with a younger man, or is he better off living in blissful ignorance believing that they are just good friends?

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CrowCAH There were times when I thought he already knew. But he must have been ignorant, otherwise the revelation wouldn‘t have hurt him so much. 2mo
Ruthiella @CrowCAH I don‘t think it‘s Dickens‘ intention necessarily, but it is interesting to compare Emily and Mrs. Strong…both are doomed in Victorian society, forced (strongly encouraged?) to marry someone they don‘t love. 2mo
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Chapter 41: Dora‘s Aunts It‘s clear that David and Dora are not meant to be, but I‘m not sure how it‘s going to end. David is too responsible to break an engagement, and Dora has been too infantilized to make a decision. With everyone‘s aunt on board, I‘m counting on another deus ex machina.

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Ruthiella One wonders if Dora would have turned out less a baby and more capable had her mother lived to parent her.🤔 2mo
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Chapter 39: The Wanderer

David randomly runs into Pegotty and catches up on his “plan” to get Emily. (If I find her, she will come?) Thats fine, but David also sees Martha at the same time. Is Martha looking for info on Emily? An agent of Emily? A metaphor for Emily? I feel like we‘re supposed to know already, but I don‘t. #readalong #buddyread

CrowCAH Correct. It seemed like we were already supposed to know about Martha. She feels like a plot device thrown in to aid our characters. 2mo
Ruthiella Or is Martha a foreshadowing of what Emily will become. Just because her uncle will forgive her and take her back doesn‘t mean her pride will allow her to do so. 2mo
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Chapter 39: Wickfield and Heep. We get a full blown Villain Origin Story for Uriah. “They want me to be humble? Well, I‘ll give them humble! That‘s how I became — The Humbler!!!!” Also, possibly the original incel—I‘ve worked hard! I‘ve earned Agnes! Yuck. #readalong #buddyread

CrowCAH I keep hoping Agnes wouldn‘t fall for Heap. I was rewarded in the end. He is a creep! 2mo
Ruthiella Yuck is right! 2mo
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Chapter 38: A Dissolution of Partnership

Mr. Spenlow learns of David and Dora‘s secret engagement, orders him to call it off, and then immediately gets Deus Ex Machina‘d to death. And without a will! Jip is dognapped, ransomed, and recovered within a half paragraph. I know Dickens is canonically plot-driven, but Jeez. #readalong #buddyread

CrowCAH His death did come at an awfully convenient point in the story. I still think she loves Jip more than David. 2mo
BarbaraBB I love your daily graphics! 2mo
Ruthiella @CrowCAH I think you are right about Dora loving her dog more… 2mo
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Chapter 37: A Little Cold Water

David‘s being better that I probably would have been about the financial stuff, but it looks like a no-go with Dora, who doesn‘t seem built to handle hardships, despite having to spend excessive quality time with Miss Murdstone.

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Ruthiella What I liked about this chapter was how Aunt Betsy‘s battle with Mrs. Crupp (who is a mother herself, lest we forget!😂) reminds me of Aunt Betsy‘s disputes with the donkies! Dora is a ninny, but as they say, love is blind… 2mo
Yossarian @Ruthiella Yes! If Aunt Betsey can best the donkies, Mrs. Crupp doesn‘t stand a chance! 2mo
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Chapter 36: Enthusiasm

Well, holy hell. Uriah got Micawber a sort of real-ass job! I mean, I won‘t be bringing my legal needs to the firm of Heep, Micawber and Wickfield anytime soon, (first, since I don‘t think I‘d trust any of them with the retainer) but doesn‘t it have to endear you to Uriah at least a little that he actually helped Micawber? #readalong #buddyread

Ruthiella Heep is up to no good, I tell you! Also, not a law firm I would trust either. Micawber is an amusing character, but I wouldn‘t want to know him IRL! 2mo
CrowCAH Just a little. But HEAP still is not to be trusted. I wonder how they stay in business. 2mo
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Chapter 35: Depression

So Aunt Betsey losing her money is just because her investments sucked, not because of the mysterious figure. I guess we‘ll have to wait on that. Also, Uriah Heep is still a very unconvincing Svengali. That is all.

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Jess This photo. Yikes. 2mo
Yossarian @jess It‘s from the Svengali Wikipedia page. On further review, it might be anti-Semitic as a concept. I‘ll have to look into it. 2mo
Ruthiella Svengali as a character in Trilby, which I read a couple of years ago, is very anti-Semitic. Like Fagin in Oliver Twist, he is not bad and a Jew, he is bad because he is a Jew. (edited) 2mo
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Chapter 34: My Aunt Astonishes Me

After some tragicomic relief with Traddles, Aunt Betsey shows up and is ruined! This has been a long-foreshadowed situation that seems to disappear for years when Aunt Betsey is off-stage, making me struggle to remember that it‘s even a plot point. #readalong #buddyread

Ruthiella Now it‘s David‘s turn to step up to the plate and take care of Aunt Betsy. Let‘s se if he‘s matured enough. 2mo
CrowCAH Don‘t give money to people who will not invest it wisely. 2mo
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Chapter 33: Blissful Am I the only one who spent half the chapter thinking Dickens was foreshadowing that Dora was to be married to Murdstone? Dora seems a little immature and frivolous for David, but I wouldn‘t wish Murdstone on my worst enemy. #readalong #buddyread

Ruthiella Since I‘ve already read the book, I knew otherwise. She might be too headstrong, despite her frivolity, for Murdstone, however. 2mo
CrowCAH Yeah I could see a repeat of David‘s mom. But that repeat comes later in the story. (I‘m finished) 2mo
Sapphire I am not following the discussion, but couldn‘t help: yay Dora the explorer! 2mo
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Chapter 31: A Bigger Loss

Emily chooses to become Steerforth‘s mistress (I guess) with the hopes of social elevation, instead of marrying Ham, who she doesn‘t really love but is fine but is also her cousin. Seemed like a fine choice (although I would have gone with “dump them both”) but the chapter titles inform us this is a bigger loss than Scrooge McDuck dying.

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Ruthiella Poor Emily. 100 years later women had (slightly) more options. 2mo
CrowCAH Yeah I didn‘t really like her engaged to Ham either. But to become mistress, that‘s low. She wouldn‘t have received station that way. Only marriage. 2mo
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BREAKING NEWS!!!! David Copperfield turns 66 years old today! #buddyread #readalong @Ruthiella @CrowCAH

Ruthiella 🤣🤣🤣 2mo
Nutmegnc Fun fact. I brushed elbows (literally) with him at a state fair when I was a little girl! 🤣 2mo
Nutmegnc The magician. Not the fictional character 🤣🤣🤣 (edited) 2mo
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Yossarian @Nutmegnc I‘m sure the fictional character had elbows much too small to brush. 2mo
CrowCAH Happy Birthday, bro! 🎂😂 2mo
Nutmegnc @Yossarian true 😜 2mo
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Ebenezer Scrooge Barkis dies still clutching his box of hoarded money, but surrounded by weeping loved ones, so I guess the Ghost of Christmas Future was just pulling that part out of his ass, or else morals don‘t apply across Dickens novels. It always kind of bothered me that Horton Hatches an Egg and Thidwick the Big Hearted Moose had opposite morals. #buddyread #readalong

CrowCAH Though Barkis kinda was a little bit generous with his money. He ended up giving some to David and his wife. 2mo
Ruthiella Moral relativism. I don‘t know about Dickens but humans often change their moral code based on their cultural values or societal upbringing. 2mo
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David Copperfield (Revised) | Charles Dickens

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Reading ahead of Demon Copperhead by Barbara Kingsolver which is due on the Pigeonhole app in stave format in October. Loved The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver so am looking forward to this new one.

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Chapter 29

I don‘t like when I know they characters are being tricked, but they only realize it slowly. Clearly Steerforth has lied to everyone, but Dartle is the only one starting to work it out. It‘s why The Manchurian Candidate is one of my favorite movies. Sinatra doesn‘t spend half the movie wondering what‘s wrong. He realizes in Scene One that he‘s been brainwashed, and the movie is trying to find out how and why. #buddyread #readalong

Ruthiella I told you Dartle had Steereforth‘s number! 😆 2mo
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Chapter 27: Tommy Traddles

It‘s a small world after all! After Miss Murdstone and Traddles appeared out of nowhere, David goes to visit Traddles, and he‘s living with the Micawbers! Apparently they are the only ones in London who are gentry struggling to make ends meet. (The population of London was about 1.5 million at the time.)

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CrowCAH I was wondering how populated London was, since we kept running into the same folks! That‘s a lot of people!!! 3mo
Ruthiella But if Dickens had to introduce us to two entirely new sets of characters, the book would be a couple hundred pages longer! 3mo
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Chapter 26: I Fall Into Captivity. Is London society really so small or is David Copperfield living in a play with a small cast and double casting, so Miss Murdstone and Tommy Traddles show back up, while David falls for another pretty girl raised by a single doting father?

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Yossarian On the plus side, he gets to excommunicate a baker! 3mo
CrowCAH Yes, verrry small world. We keep running into the same people. 3mo
Ruthiella Dickens does love coincidences in his plotting. 3mo
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Chapter 25: Good and Bad Angels.

Uriah Heep puts in notice to get a better job, but he has become indispensable to Wickfield, who makes him a partner to keep him. For some reason, this is evidence that Uriah is evil. That and adverbs — he‘ll say things in a slimy or simpering way — but all he has done is his job and fallen for Agnes.

More importantly, my Punk Band will now be known as “Ecclesiastical Cheese.” #readalong #buddyread

Ruthiella As Agnes points out, Uriah is gathering power. And Dickens is foreshadowing that he might not wield such power magnanimously once he obtains it. The Ecclesiastical Cheese makes me think of Monty Python‘s Life of Brian, “Blessed are the cheese makers.” 😆 3mo
Yossarian @Ruthiella I agree that there is foreshadowing here. I just feel like like Uriah hasn‘t really”earned” the hatred David (and the author) have for him. He seems to just be trying to social-climb into the middle class and Dickens is playing eerie piano music in the background as if that were enough if a crime in itself. And yes: blessed cheese makers would make ecclesiastical cheese! 3mo
Ruthiella As forward thinking as Dickens may have been in some respects, I do think he believed in the class system and Uriah‘s transgression is moving too far above his “station”. This is also Emily‘s weakness. She wants to be a “lady” but isn‘t allowed based on her birth. (edited) 3mo
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Chapter 24: My First Dissipation

The Bromance blooms as David has a housewarming party with Steerforth and his friends, gets blasted, and somehow embarrasses Agnes at the theater. A much-needed short chapter to keep me from falling behind!

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CrowCAH He certainly got soused! The housekeeper and others who help with the feast are some characters indeed. 3mo
Ruthiella This chapter underscores how naive David still is. Everyone takes advantage of him…his landlady, the waiter, etc. all except Agnes. 3mo
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Chapter 23. I Corroborate Mr. Dick and Chose a Profession

David suddenly remembers he is supposed to be picking a career, so Aunt Betsey says, “How about weird specialty law?” and David says, “Sure. Whatevs.” So he gets set up as a Proctor at Doctors Commons doing Ecclesiastical and Maritime Law, freeing up Aunt Betsey to pay off her mysterious close-talker and return to fight the Donkies.

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Ruthiella You‘d think she would have steered him in the direction of Land Use and Zoning so she could sue the donkies and those nasty boys who drive them in her right of way? 🤔 3mo
CrowCAH @Ruthiella lol I totally agree! 3mo
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Chapter 22.

This Chapter almost killed me. It‘s the longest so far, all full of subtext and nudge-nudge wink-wink innuendo that I couldn‘t really follow. Steerforth is melancholy and Emily is stand-offish and Martha is outcast from good society. It all seems related. Did they have a secret three-way? And that‘s not mentioning little Miss Mowcher, who talked for 45 minutes and I didn‘t understand a word that she said.

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CrowCAH Gosh the munchkin woman I had almost forgot about her. She did ramble on at a fast clip. 3mo
Ruthiella I believe Martha was perhaps the mistress of some man above her station and now he has left her and no one in Yarmouth will associate with her because she‘s now a”fallen woman”. Only Lil‘ Em‘ly (and Ham because he does whatever Emily does) takes pity on her. (edited) 3mo
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Chapter 21: Little Em‘ly

I have no idea what this is a picture of. In true Dickensian fashion, nothing happened to the Pegottys for seven years until David shows up and Emily, now apprenticed to the undertaker, announces her engagement to Ham, her cousin/brother. Far too many women getting married to the only nice guy in the room. Were their know eligible women choosing from, like, three possible suitors?

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Ruthiella Neither Lil‘ Em‘ly nor Ham probably got out much to look for other suitors. I have a real abhorrence 😱 to first cousins marrying, though I know it was acceptable at the time. 3mo
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Chapter 20: Steerforth‘s Home

In the tradition of descriptive naming, Miss Dartle lives in Steerforth‘s home as his mother‘s companion. She is always “just asking for information. Is it really though?” As a character, she might be the most pathetic we‘ve met — more so that Micawber or Uriah or even his mother. A woman for whom nothing is going on, which makes even thing of least consequence seem very important. #readalong #buddyread

CrowCAH She seems very simple. Asking to make her mind of information correct. She likes to be told when she is wrong. 3mo
Ruthiella @CrowCAH I disagree. I think she‘s sharp and she has Steerforth‘s number…but in that household, she can‘t directly say he‘s a spoiled, entitled jerk…so she pretends to question everything. 3mo
Yossarian @Ruthiella Maybe, but it starts with Mrs. Steerforth making a joke that she‘s afraid her son is too wild at school, and Dartle asks isn‘t everyone wild at college, and Mrs. Steerforth says no, and Dartle says she‘ll never let anyone complain to her about profligacy in education— so they‘re not really talking about Steerforth at all! 3mo
Ruthiella He threw a hammer at her face as a child…and was likely not punished for it. I don‘t think she has forgotten or forgiven him. She knows that Steerforth IS profligate at college despite his mother‘s joke. 3mo
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Chapter 19: I Look About Me and Make A Discovery

Much like real life, you spend five years focused blood sports with the baker, then suddenly it all start to converge. You graduate school without a plan, find out Jack‘s coming back from India, plan to visit your old nurse, and bump into an old schoolmate, all within like a half hour. It all happens so quickly you don‘t have time to fight the baker on the way out of town.

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Ruthiella That‘s pretty much exactly what happened to me after I graduated from high school…😆 3mo
CrowCAH Isn‘t it disappointing when you can‘t fight the baker lol 3mo
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Chapter 18: A Retrospect

A montage chapter of David, ages 12-18, as he goes through the British male Coming of Age ceremony — a ritual consisting of (a) awkwardly failing to date an inappropriate girl, and (b) fighting a trash-talking butcher until blood is drawn and one of you loses consciousness. I believe a big part of the butcher-apprenticeship consists of methods of properly instigating young teens into blood combat.

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CrowCAH Ah the tween/teen years, very rough indeed. 3mo
Ruthiella It‘s the classic story of townies vs outsiders! 3mo
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Chapter 16: I Am A New Boy In More Senses Than One

Everything is going well for Trot/David! He loves his school and living with Wickfield even though he‘s an alcoholic and keeps his daughter as maid.

What Dickens is good at is telling a story that the reader gets even though the narrator doesn‘t — here about Annie, who married Mr. Strong out of respect, but is secretly in love with Jack, who is being shipped off to India.

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CrowCAH Agree, the reader understands a lot by various clues. 3mo
Ruthiella Dickens‘ more eccentric female characters are great: Aunt Betsy, Peggotty, etc. But the bland portrayal of Agnes as a paragon of Victorian womanhood (and she‘s not even 12 years old yet) irks me. 3mo
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