"I'm a-going to seek my niece through the
wureld. I'm a-going to find my poor niece."
|Mr Peggotty and Little Em'ly
"I am as rough as a Sea Porkypine: but
no-one, unless, mayhap, it is a woman, can
know, I think, what our little Em'ly is to me."
|Mr Micawber makes Punch.
"Punch, my dear Copperfield.... like time and
tide, waits for no man."
|"His clothes were shabby, but he had an
imposing shirt-collar on. He carried a jaunty
sort of stick, with a large pair of rusty tassels
to it, and a quizzing-glass hung outside his
|Yet another impression of Mr Micawber.
|" 'Me, Master Copperfield ?' said Uriah. 'Oh,
no ! I'm a very 'umble person' ".
|"If there is a scoundrel on the Earth that
scoundrel's name is - Heep".
Uriah Heep and Mr Micawber.
|"Still nobody appeared to claim the youngster from Blunderstone,
|"David Copperfield" was Dickens' eighth novel. It appeared in monthly parts between May 1849
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|Betsy Trotwood. "Janet ! Donkeys !".
|"I was aware of a strange presence in the room, and my eyes
encountered those of the staid Littimer, standing hat in hand before
|"It was Mr Micawber with his eyeglass and his walking-stick, and his
shirt-collar, and his genteel air, and the condescending roll in his
voice, all complete."
|"Many a woman, Mas'r Davy, as has had a
daughter of about Em'ly's age, I've found
a-waiting for me at our Saviour's Cross
outside the village, fur to do me sim'lar
kindnesses". Mr Peggotty.
|"I could speak no more, at that time, but I wrung his hand: and if ever I
have loved and honoured any man , I loved and honoured that man in
|""Mas'r Davy," he said, in a low tremulous voice, "I thank my Heav'nly
Father as my dream's come true ! I thank Him hearty for having guided
of me, in His own ways to my darling !""
|"The best wish I could give you, Mr Copperfield, and give all of you
gentlemen, is, that you could be took up and brought here. When I
think of my past follies, and my present state, I am sure it would be
best for you. I pity all who ain't brought here." Uriah Heep
|"Miss Betsey looking round the room, slowly
and inquiringly, began on the other side and
carried her eyes on, like a Saracen's head in
a Dutch clock, until they reached my mother."
|""Well, sir, if you can make out here, for a fortnut, along wi' her,"
nodding at his sister, "and Ham, and little Em'ly, we shall be proud of
your company." Mr Peggotty."
|""Just draw me a glass of the Genuine
Stunning, if you please, with a good head on
it". David Copperfield.
|"I'll drink it if you like. I'm used to it, and use
is everything. I don't think it'll hurt me if I
throw my head back, and take it off quick.
Shall I ?" The Waiter.
|"When I was quite a young boy, I got to know
what 'umbleness did, and I took to it. I ate
'umble pie with an appetite. I'm very 'umble
in the present moment, but I've got a little
power". Uriah Heep.
|"I am, however, delighted to add that I have
now an immediate prospect of something
turning up." Mr Micawber.
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