some wasting fire within her,

Category: Mind | Type: Discussion | Title: David Copperfield (in Context) | Author: Charles Dickens | Ch: Steerforth's Home

Normally the phrase would describe someone in the late stages of consumption, but Rosa Dartle's disease is a psychological one. Resentment consumes her. She is a young woman whose status in the household is neither that of an equal nor that of a servant. She lives in a no-woman's land. 

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