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By Charles Dickens


"        Like such a lot of fond mom and dad i've got in my center of hearts a favorite child," wrote Charles Dickens. "And his identify is David Copperfield."
        Of all of Dickens's novels, David Copperfield such a lot heavily displays the occasions of his personal lifestyles. the tale of an deserted waif who discovers lifestyles and love in an detached global, this vintage story of youth is populated with a forged of eccentrics, innocents, and villains who quantity one of the author's maximum creations.
        "David Copperfield is full of characters of the main mind-blowing style, vividness, and originality," famous Somerset Maugham. "They aren't lifelike and but they abound with lifestyles. 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 excellent innovations of Dickens's exultant mind's eye, yet they've got quite a bit vigour, they're so constant, they're provided with rather a lot conviction, that you just think in them. they're extravagant, yet now not unreal, and in case you have as soon as to understand them you could by no means rather fail to remember them." T. S. Eliot agreed: "Dickens excelled in personality; within the construction of characters of higher depth than human beings." And Virginia Woolf concluded: "In David Copperfield, although char-
acters swarm and lifestyles flows into each creek and cranny, a few universal feelings--youth, gaiety, hope--envelops the tumult, brings the scattered components jointly, and invests the main ideal of all of the Dickens novels with an environment of beauty."

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But, like many fond parents, I have in my heart of hearts a favourite child. And his name is DAVID COPPERFIELD. I 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 thought her in a different style from my mother, certainly; but of another school of beauty, I considered her a perfect example. There was a red velvet footstool in the best parlour, on which my mother had painted a nosegay. The ground-work of that stool and Peggotty’s complexion appeared to me to be one and the same thing. The stool was smooth, and Peggotty was rough, but that made no difference. ’ said Peggotty. ‘Lawk, no, my dear. ’ ‘Certainly not,’ says Peggotty, with the promptest decision.

I am glad to recollect that when the carrier began to move, my mother ran out at the gate, and called to him to stop, that she might kiss me once more. I am glad to dwell upon the earnestness and love with which she lifted up her face to mine, and did so. As we left her standing in the road, Mr. Murdstone came up to where she was, and seemed to expostulate with her for being so moved. I was looking back round the awning of the cart, and wondered what business it was of his. Peggotty, who was also looking back on the other side, seemed anything but satisfied; as the face she brought back in the cart denoted.

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