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Publication 582 By noota on Thursday, January 22, 2004 at 06:10   
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   Dispite of the moving and miserable life of David based on Dickens's childhood , there are some enjoyable descriptions in the novel .
Here are some examples below .
The scene at the inn where the waiter eats David's dinner, the night of revelry when David becomes drunk and falls down the stairs , the preposterous Micawber boarding the ship with a telescope unter his arm --- all are peices of good fun .
So it is easy to understand one of the great popularity beyond time and among every levels ( from the younger to the senior ).

I would appreciate if you could give me another humorous scenes you noticed .

Publication 584 By EngMajor1977 on Thursday, January 22, 2004 at 23:39   
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Personally my favorite humorous part is when Aunt Betsey tells Miss Murdstone "Let me see you ride a donkey over my green again, and as sure as you have a head upon your shoulders, I'll knock your bonnet off, and tread upon it!"   I haven't gotten as far as you though...I'm at Chapter 17...so I can't wait to see David falling down drunk.

Publication 585 By noota on Friday, January 23, 2004 at 11:19   
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Dear , EngMajor
Thanks for your quick response .
I understand the reason why what you mentioned is your favorite humorous part .
I hope you see the scene of David's falling down someday soon .
Talking about "the moving , unfogetable "parts , my favorite are from Chapter 11 (My favourite lounging-place in the interval was old London Bridge, where Iwas wont to sit in one of the stone recesses , watching the people going by , or to look over the balustrades at the sun shining in the water ......)

Parting scene with his mother is unforgetable one from Chapter 2 ( I'm glad to recollect that when the carrier's cart was at the gate , and my mother stood there kissing me a grateful fondnessfor her and for the old place Ihad never turned my back upon before ,made me cry. I'm glad to know that my mother cried too, and that I felt her heart beat agaist mine .)

Anyway , there are a good different wonderful , impressing descriptions Dickens show us in the novel .
I'm looking forward to your next mail .

Publication 621 By Liadan on Thursday, April 22, 2004 at 02:51   
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My favorite quote, in particular is:
"I took another turn across the room, full of love for my pretty wife, and distracted by self-accusatory inclinations to knock my head against the door."
   Cheers!
        ~Liadan

Publication 660 By gaijin on Saturday, August 14, 2004 at 06:56   
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Hi, first post.

I'm only about half-way through but here's some of the things I found humorous so far:

1) 'Would you like to be taught Latin?' I said briskly. 'I will teach it you with pleasure, as I learn it.'

'Oh, thank you, Master Copperfield,' he answered, shaking his head. 'I am sure it's very kind of you to make the offer, but I am much too umble to accept it.'

'What nonsense, Uriah!'

'Oh, indeed you must excuse me, Master Copperfield! I am greatly obliged, and I should like it of all things, I assure you; but I am far too umble. There are people enough to tread upon me in my lowly state, without my doing outrage to their feelings by possessing learning. Learning ain't for me. A person like myself had better not aspire. If he is to get on in life, he must get on umbly, Master Copperfield!'

2) 'I thought you were at Plymouth, ma'am,' I said to Mrs. Micawber, as he went out.

'My dear Master Copperfield,' she replied, 'we went to Plymouth.'

'To be on the spot,' I hinted.

'Just so,' said Mrs. Micawber. 'To be on the spot. But, the truth is, talent is not wanted in the Custom House. The local influence of my family was quite unavailing to obtain any employment in that department, for a man of Mr. Micawber's abilities. They would rather NOT have a man of Mr. Micawber's abilities. He would only show the deficiency of the others. Apart from which,' said Mrs. Micawber, 'I will not disguise from you, my dear Master Copperfield, that when that branch of my family which is settled in Plymouth, became aware that Mr. Micawber was accompanied by myself, and by little Wilkins and his sister, and by the twins, they did not receive him with that ardour which he might have expected, being so newly released from captivity. In fact,' said Mrs. Micawber, lowering her voice, - 'this is between ourselves - our reception was cool.'

3) When we were all in a bustle outside the door, I found that Mr. Peggotty was prepared with an old shoe, which was to be thrown after us for luck, and which he offered to Mrs. Gummidge for that purpose.

'No. It had better be done by somebody else, Dan'l,' said Mrs. Gummidge. 'I'm a lone lorn creetur' myself, and everythink that reminds me of creetur's that ain't lone and lorn, goes contrary with me.'

'Come, old gal!' cried Mr. Peggotty. 'Take and heave it.'

'No, Dan'l,' returned Mrs. Gummidge, whimpering and shaking her head. 'If I felt less, I could do more. You don't feel like me, Dan'l; thinks don't go contrary with you, nor you with them; you had better do it yourself.'


Regarding the scene where DC's Aunt tells off the Murdstones, I guess I could see how someone would find that humorous, although myself, I found it more cathartic than anything else. I think Dickens used her to say how he himself felt about the Murdstones. It was certainly one of the climatic scenes so far.

Contrarily, the scene that made me tear up was when David's mother was laid to rest with the baby in her arms.

I was supposed to read this in 6th grade, but I didn't. I liked reading but I prefered Fantasy and Sci-Fi. Now I'm in my 30's and I'm finally reading and enjoying this.

Publication 676 By nobuko on Saturday, October 23, 2004 at 05:43   
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    Hello , Dear Gaijin

It was happy for you to find a few humorous parts of David Copperfield .
I understand your notes about it so much .
In addition to it , with the last sentence you mention , it is ofen the case with books we have read before .
Sometimes we become favorite one we didn't like , sometimes we get to dislike my favorite we read before .
I think it is partly because we have had a good experience of life as we grew old , which brings us way of thinking different from that of younger days .

As for me , it is wonder to be greatly fond of Henry James's works still now , though my impression on them has been changing a little bit compared with the prvious ones .
Everytime I read James'books , I appriciate how much his writing-style is excellent as a craftsman .
Does anyone like any books of his ?
I hope your message about Henry James .
Thanks !

Publication 777 By Armchairhero on Sunday, July 24, 2005 at 18:13   
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strange, I never found anything humerous in the book, maybe that is my personalty, being hardheated, but i find the book quite sad actually. By the way I'm new, live in the US, born quite far from there, just signed up.





-armchairhero

Publication 801 By DarkDude on Sunday, August 14, 2005 at 05:32   
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Greetings Armchairhero, I'm new too, live in the US also.
My favorite humor part is, like most, when Betsy Trotwood takes on the Murdstones and I also like the bit where David visits Uriah and Littimer in prison and listens to them go on and on about how changed they are, then reamrks that they're still the same detestable beings.

Publication 965 By miss-city on Thursday, January 25, 2007 at 10:06   
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i think it's funny when Steerforth talks about hitting rosa over the head with a hammer! makes me giggle everytime :P

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