diffidence,

Type: Glossary Word | Title: David Copperfield (in Context) | Author: Charles Dickens | Ch: My Holidays. Especially One Happy Afternoon

Lacking confidence in her own judgment and thus timid and hesitant. She passes on to David some of her own diffidence.

We understand how it has happened, yet David's mother has finally betrayed him, as Dickens felt his mother had him.

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