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

The title of this chapter, "Absence," describes David's long period out of England and also the void he registers within himself during that time. He has "no sustaining soul within me, anywhere," nothing it appears for which to live, nothing in which to believe, and the will itself burns low. It is the dark night of the soul, the secular "slough of despond," a sort of death of the heart that leaves him biologically alive and emotionally moribund. 

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