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Publication 1222 By Nibs on Thursday, May 14, 2009 at 10:23   
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This was just an interesting fact I had read that I think most people overlook in the story. When Uriah calls David "Master" Copperfield he is not speaking of him like he has a higher authority than Heep himself. At the time, "Master" was used to address young boys. Uriah is being a jerk and calling David "master" even though he knows David likes to seem mature.

Publication 1259 By absent-minded on Monday, July 6, 2009 at 12:57   
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Yet, beyond the novel, how interesting that they called young boys "Masters"! As if they were saying, "you will become a Master, and by becoming a Master you will become what you are".

I have not traced a similar case in other cultures. So far as I know, all of them, including Greece in all periods, recognize the value of children in more silent ways and looking at particular forms of mastership, not at a vague general "mastership". For example, in Plato or in Byzantium, mastership meant the overcoming of one's passions/addictions and the advance in virtue to the point of becoming a friend of God.

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