I think that most grown men who are remarkable in this respect, may with greater propriety be said not to have lost the faculty, than to have acquired it;

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

The Wordsworthian paragraph grounds the novel. Children, Dickens writes, have nearly preternatural powers of observation. The adult in whom these persist is fortunate, for observation of this kind, Dickens maintains, is not learned, certainly not in adulthood. Qualities such as freshness, gentleness, and delight are "an inheritance...preserved from...childhood."

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