that I knew if I lost sight of anything for a moment, I was gone.

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

David means "gone" to sleep. But the little statment—"if I lost sight of anything for a moment, I was gone"—may be read as the most fundamental assertion of Dickens himself: seeing for him was synonymous with being.

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