'no other prospect,

Category: Education | Type: Discussion | Title: David Copperfield (in Context) | Author: Charles Dickens | Ch: I Become Neglected, and Am Provided For

The low voice and the words themselves have a harrowing solemnity—the loss of every hopeful expectation afforded by education. Instead, he is to be "a labouring hind," as he writes below, a menial for the remainder of his life. With education, supplemented by will and good luck, a boy had prospects; without it, a life of drudgery and penury without remission. 

Philip Collins's excellent Dickens and Education begins, "Charles Dickens was the first English novelist in whose stories children are frequent and central...."

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