'I'm sorry I should drive you there,'

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

Mrs. Gummidge is a depressive, not a narcissist. Though surrounded by affection, she cannot help feel that she is, her mantra, "a lone lorn creetur.'" She does feel sorrow more than others do and she assumes, knowing what a burden she is, that she may repel those who love her, and this only adds to misery. Though she may also repel the reader, we are compelled to understand that her life is sincerely wretched. She is not looking for sympathy, only some relief. It is part of Dickens' brilliance that he can make something faintly comic out of a condition that is tragic.

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