Well. We are hopping right along now. Mr. Spenlow learns of Davy's and Dora's engagement, and makes his opinion known, much to everyone's dismay. Then he dies! Did anyone but me find his death sort of hilarious? What, he had a heart attack and pitched off the side of his carriage? Not very creative, Mr. Dickens!
Miss Murdstone makes a brief but memorable appearance--hurray for this line: "Miss Murdstone gave me her chilly finger-nails", which I will remember every time I'm forced to shake hands with someone I don't like in the future.
But now Dora is a complete wreck, and I fear Miss Mills is not going to be of much help now. Even worse, in his frantic desire to get to Dora and re-establish communication and their engagement, Davy revisits the Wickfields, where it is clear just how completely Uriah Heep is taking hold of things. Even Mr. Micawber is under his spell. Heep has become a truly sinister character, along with his mother (and what is the deal with Dickens and knitters? He really has a thing about making them evil), and one of the best quotes in that chapter is when Dickens describes mother and son as "like two great bats hanging over the whole house." That scene where Davy wants to talk to Agnes, but can't shake the Heeps, is chilling. OTOH, "can't shake the Heeps" may be a new expression to designate times when you feel something bad is about to happen, although you have no reason to think that.
Then there is the sad appearance of Mr. Peggotty--and of fallen Martha. Where do you think that money has come from--as in where did Little Em'ly come by the cash to send to her family? Seems rather ominous to me.
And what will Dora's aunts say to Davy's plea? Will they stay firm? Or, since it sounds like they weren't exactly close with Mr. Spenlow, will they allow the romance to continue? I guess (maybe) we'll find out next week, in chapters 41-43.