'Recollect! control yourself, always control yourself!

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

Dickens uses both meanings of ithe word. Murdstone commands "Recollect" in the sense of gather yourself together, "mind yourself," control yourself. The meaning central to the novel is recollect in the sense of remember. David has just been talking about association and memory. This meaning is practically sacred in the novel, for it is from the memory of our childhood self that can spring our most loving moral impulses.

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