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To have loved and lost and found love again

“‘I am so blest, Trotwood - my heart is so overcharged -
but there is one thing I must say.’
‘Dearest, what?’
She laid her gentle hands upon my shoulders, and looked
calmly in my face.
‘Do you know, yet, what it is?’
‘I am afraid to speculate on what it is. Tell me, my dear.’
‘I have loved you all my life!’”
— David & Agnes

David Copperfield is another of Dickens great novels. It is less intense than Great Expectations though no less enjoyable. Dickens as usual sheds light on the going concerns of his time such as entrenched poverty, rigid social classes, and the struggle to rise above that.

David Copperfield against all odds marries the woman of his dreams, loses her to fate, eventually recovers from the bereavement and finds love again. That is the stuff classics are made of because real life is rarely that perfect. You don’t usually find what you lost.

Dickens saw the same world everyone else did but he drew different realizations. He could see the absurdity and the promise in what was going on around him and he culminated that in his writing. David Copperfield was about hope and rising against all odds to find eventual happiness.