One Sunday night my mother reads to Peggotty and me in there, how Lazarus was raised up from the dead.

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

It was common on Sundays for the head of a middle-class household to read aloud from the Bible to family and servants. The idea of a figurative return from the dead and rebirth is central to the novel yet just now terrifying for little David, whose father lies in the churchyard beneath the white stone. Jesus raised Lazarus after "he had lain in the grave four days already" (John 11).

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