A fine firm fellow, with a will of your own.

Category: Mind | Type: Discussion | Title: David Copperfield (in Context) | Author: Charles Dickens | Ch: I Look About Me, and Make a Discovery

Dickens plays off against one another two kinds of firmness. There is Murdstone's, which is domineering and cold, and there is Aunt Betsey's and "Trot's," which consists of an steady perseverance or will, as when David walked to Dover. The name Trotwood suggests both persevering motion and endurance.

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