By DATo_Diomedies_DATon on
Wednesday, February 01, 2012
Saturday, November 12, 2011
Upon reading your post my first reaction was to consider all of the people who were either in business or attempting to situate themselves in some form of economic stability. In each case I found, to my amazement, that there was a "love" association prevalent as well.
David and Dora - David loves Dora despite the fact that she cannot adapt herself to the budgeting of the family expenses.
Mr. & Mrs. McCawber - Mrs. McCawber is totally devoted to her husband despite his apparent inability to get anything to "turn up". He is also totally devoted to his family and would never think of deserting them.
Even the villains of the novel - The Murdstones and the Heeps are devoted to each other (brother and sister and son and mother respectively) while in pursuit of wealth and position.
Daniel Peggotty does not let economic considerations affect his love for his fellow man as evidenced in his provision for those who live with him.
Mr. Strong provides for Annie's family even though it is obvious the mother is taking advantage of him.
Traddles works industriously to elevate his economic conditions but willingly and joyfully provides for his wife's family.
Mr. McCawber occasionally takes advantage of others to keep his family's economic circumstances from floundering completely but he never takes advantage of David.
Betsy Trotwood - Generously provides a funeral for the man who had treated her badly and had taken advantage of her because she never stopped loving him (or, perhaps the man he was).
Even the miser, Barkis, springs for a feast for David and provides for others after his death with the proceeds from his business.
Mr. Dick offers David all his money when David embarks for school.
There are other examples as well but I think the gist of what Dickens is saying is that at the end of the day regardless of personal ambition most people, and sometimes even a villain, innately understand that money takes second place to love. Steerforth, who I think Dickens is using to symbolize much of the heartlessness of the upper classes, never demonstratively shows real love to anyone including his mother, as I recall, in the entire novel.