David Copperfield Chapter Summary - Part 1
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By Poppy Edmunds
CHAPTER 1 – I AM BORN
David Copperfield is born (delivered by Mr Chillip). It tells of how his father died when Clara, his mother, was 6 months pregnant with him. David's father's aunt (Betsey Trotwood) arrives when he is being born. She leaves when it is announced that the baby is a boy. Peggotty, the housemaid is happy.
CHAPTER 2 – I OBSERVE
Clara Copperfield is out with Mr Murdstone, and David speaks to Peggotty about marriage. She says she is quite happy single. Clara Copperfield returns with Murdstone and Copperfield takes an instant dislike to him.
CHAPTER 3 – I HAVE A CHANGE
Copperfield goes to Peggotty’s brother’s house to stay in Yarmouth. He falls in love with Emily. (Mr Peggotty’s niece). They return home after 2 weeks, to find Clara Copperfield married to Murdstone and his sister living there too.
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