threw him into a fever.

Category: Mind | Type: Discussion | Title: David Copperfield (in Context) | Author: Charles Dickens | Ch: My Aunt Makes Up Her Mind About Me

The spectacle of her husbandf's cruelty to his beloved sister drove him into some sort of "fever," a catch-all term of the time that could include severe depression. Compounding the fever was the "fear" of his brother-in-law or "brother." He, like Murdstone, has violated the home, which Dickens conceives as a place that ought to be safe from what is regular practice in the world outside it. 

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