in the grave light of the old staircase, and wait for us, above, I thought of that window; and I associated something of its tranquil brightness with Agnes Wickfield ever afterwards.

Category: Mind | Type: Discussion | Title: David Copperfield (in Context) | Author: Charles Dickens | Ch: I Make Another Beginning

A definitive moment. David associates the small diamond-paned windows and old, darkened oak balustrade with a church and its stained glass window. Yet he does not recall ever seeing anything of the sort, which means Agnes herself, something in her being, some aura, generates the false association. Her name, which means lamb in Latin, and also appears in the Agnes Dei, a section of the Latin mass.

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