I had been reading to Peggotty

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

Reading and writing are watersheds in the lives of many Dickens characters. Books represent a passage into other and often exotic worlds. 

Dickens appears to have learned to read when he was five, largely taught by his mother. He writes to Forster, "I faintly remember her [his mother] teaching me the alphabet; and when I look upon the fat black letters in the primer, the puzzling novelty of their shapes, the easy good nature of O and S always seem to present themselves before me as they used to do."

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