in the concentration of his whole mind upon me. I know what a multitude of things he has shut out for my sake,

Category: Mind | Type: Discussion | Title: David Copperfield (in Context) | Author: Charles Dickens | Ch: Good and Bad Angels

Agnes describes what the Victorians defined as monomania (Search) or what we would call obsession. Wickfield's conviction that everyone has a single master motive reflects the psychological limits of his mind.

Love in the novel sometimes takes an extreme, destructive form. David finds another guiding "image," here literally a portrait, but unlike his images of his mother or of Agnes, this does not guide so much as blind.

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