my perseverance at this time of my life, and of a patient and continuous energy which then began to be matured within me,

Category: Mind | Type: Discussion | Title: David Copperfield (in Context) | Author: Charles Dickens | Ch: Mischief

The statement accurately describes Dickens's character. He applied extreme force of will to what follows in the paragraph—"habits of punctuality, order, and diligence." By "erratic and perverted feelings" David means those that diverted him from the exercise of his talents by distracting him with unworthy efforts. Yet even with these he has "tried with all my heart to do well...devoted myself to completely....been thoroughly in earnest."

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