She gave me no advice; she urged no duty on me; she only told me, in her own fervent manner, what her trust in me was.

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

David is fortunate that Agnes does not advise. Instead of telling him what he should feel or do, Agnes nowhere better shows her depth of understanding and tact. All that she says is that grief can humanize. Like love, grief can be centrifugal, expanding from a fixation on the belover to empathy for all people's sorrow. 

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