'I am a lone lorn creetur','

Category: Mind | Type: Discussion | Title: David Copperfield (in Context) | Author: Charles Dickens | Ch: I Have a Change

This sentence ("lorn" from forlorn) becomes Mrs. Gummidge's signature, a vocalization of what, we assume, she repeats in her self-talk. She is a depressive immobilized in self-pity, mildly passive aggressive, and convinced as she says below that "I feel it [the cold, etc.] more than other people" and that "everything goes contrairy with me." 

She has condensed her existence into six words. While they describe one set of facts, she is far from alone and should be grateful rather than forlorn. Without Daniel's room and board, she would die soon or at best survive in a workhouse (just below). Like many self-pitying depressives, she derives pleasure from making her benefactor feel guilty, the perfect whining response to "'What's amiss, dame!'" is "'Nothing.... You've come from The Willing Mind, Dan'l?'" reminding him of a camaraderie lost to her. 

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