and very doubtful of ever coming alive out of the trial that was before her,

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

Her fear is justified. Some one in five births at this period ended in the mother's death. 

Death is omnipresent in the chapter. His nurse and some other local women believe that the day and time of David's birth, Friday at midnight, indicates that he will be able to see ghosts and spirits; the caul protects the possessor against drowning; David is a posthumous child, already shadowed by death, who derives an impression of his father from his white grave-stone, "lying out alone there in the dark night." 

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