but she came into a vacancy in my heart, which closed upon her, and I felt towards her something I have never felt for any other human being.

Category: Mind | Type: Discussion | Title: David Copperfield (in Context) | Author: Charles Dickens | Ch: I Fall into Disgrace

"Heart" is surely the most important word in Copperfield. BookDoors' search engine reveals it appears 248 times, not counting Dickens's pun on it in hearth and its appearance as 'art in working-class speech.

David spoke not long before of Em'ly's filling "a void" in his heart occasioned by his mother's abandonment. 

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