Agnes, as well as Dora, are two very important women in David Copperfield’s
life. However there is a sharp contrast between Dora and Agnes, as they
represent two very different types of women.
Dora, whom David falls in love with from the first meeting and whom he later
decides to marry, was brought up in an upper-class home without a mother. She
had always been cared for by nurses and specially hired personell and from early
childhood on, every wish she had had, had been fulfilled almost instantly. Thus
she is still very childish, when David meets her for the first time and does not
make the impression of ever becoming what one would call a proper housewife.
This is additionally expressed in a little dog she owns “who was called Jip”.
It seems to be more than a mere coincidence that “Jip” is the short form for
“Gypsy”, which suggests a freedom-loving character who
does not like to obey to social conventions and restrictions. Furthermore it is
inherent in Doras nature to be very sensitive and easily hurt and more than once
she shouts “You cruel, cruel boy!” at David, for
reasons by far not grave enough to set somebody in such a rage. And finally, due
to her upper-class upbringing, Dora has never been trained to conduct houswork
or any kind of domestical tasks and obligations.
 Dickens, Charles, David Copperfield, p.366 
according to Ayres, Brenda, Dissenting Women in Dickens’ Novels, The Women of
David Copperfield:The Choice of an Undisciplined Heart, p.29
 Dickens, Charles, David Copperfield, p.587
 Ayres, Brenda, Dissenting Women in Dickens’ Novels, The
Women of David Copperfield:The Choice of an Undisciplined Heart, p.16