David Copperfield Chapter Summary - Part 1
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CHAPTER 4 – I FALL INTO DISGRACE
After failing to successfully complete some lessons, Copperfield is whipped and he bites a hole in Murdstone’s arm. He then is locked in his room for 5 days. Murdstone complains that Clara Copperfield is too weak.
CHAPTER 5 – I AM SENT AWAY FROM HOME
Copperfield is extremely upset when he is sent away to school. (He learns that he has been sent early as a punishment). Mr Mell looks after him until the other pupils arrive. However, he is made to wear a plaque on his back, which reads Take Care of Him, He Bites. Mr Creakle, the headmaster, is extremely nasty and violent.
CHAPTER 6 – I ENLARGE MY CIRCLE OF ACQAINTANCE
The other pupils arrive at the school and he meets an extremely sympathetic boy, 6 years older than him, named Steerforth.
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