David Copperfield: Chapter 2 - Critical Summary

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Chapter 2: I Observe

      David's mother and nurse Peggotty brought him up with affectionate care and he was very fond of them. As days went by; the young David noticed a frequent visitor to his house. It was Mr. Murdstone, a strange man with dark hair and whiskers and shallow black eyes. David took an instant dislike to this man, although he tried to be friendly to him.

      One autumn morning Mr. Murdstone arrived on horseback at David's house. He offered to take David on his horse to Lowestoft. He took him to a hotel which was built by the sea-side. He was introduced to Mr. Quinion and Mr. Passnidge. They were smoking cigars. They made remarks about David's mother, calling her "Bewitching Mrs. Copperfield" and "The pretty little widow." When his mother came to know of this from David, she felt very happy and asked him to repeat the words.

      Around two months after the incident at the hotel, Peggotty asked David if he would like to spend a fortnight's holiday with her and her brother's family at Yarmouth. She said that he would enjoy the sea, the beach and the fishermen, the boats and ships and above all Ham’s and Emily's company. David's mother gave them permission and in a few days' time, the two took a Carrier's craft to Yarmouth.

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