'Yes,' said my mother, faintly.

Category: Writing & Reading | Type: Discussion | Title: David Copperfield (in Context) | Author: Charles Dickens | Ch: I Am Born

The only word David's mother says in this extended interchange.  Everything else is conveyed indirectly, while Miss Betsey's part is always in tersely direct speech. Thus Dickens underscores hers vigor and Clara Copperfield's passivity.

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