I stood upon a chair when I was left alone, and looked into the glass to see how red my eyes were, and how sorrowful my face.

Category: Mind | Type: Discussion | Title: David Copperfield (in Context) | Author: Charles Dickens | Ch: I Have a Memorable Birthday

His experience, including his isolation, has encouraged Davy to be a reflective child. Sorrow speeds his growth into an observant, thoughtful consciousness. As Dickens said of himself, his most unhappy experiences contributed to make him the writer he became.

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