how old it looked, being so wrinkled in all directions!

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

David means the surface of the candle, the thread having made wrinkles as Peggoty rubbed it across the candle to make thread easier to get through the needle's eye. Yet this is another association involving human frailty, following just now David's thinking about Bodgers's illness and death and earlier Lazarus. David's being a posthumous child shadows his early life. 

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