I Observe

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

In Chapter II David recaptures his child's-eye perspective on his world.  The narrative slows down while the camera pans across the whole environment to linger on the "first objects that assume a distinct presence before me" in contrast with "the shadowy world" he had come from.

The Introduction notes that Dickens's own eyes' were likely his most outstanding physical feature, confirmation, it seemed, of his uncanny powers of observation.  

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