You know what my big take-away is from this sad section? Mentally picturing what might have happened if the owners of the local bookstore Micawbers had gone to the bank to get financing, and their loan officer had only read this far in David Copperfield. I have to believe that things improve eventually for the Micawber family, otherwise I'll be left scratching my head as to why the bookstore has that name.
For the record, I'm very happy that whoever financed the opening of that store didn't reflect on this set of chapters, because Micawbers is pretty much my favorite local bookstore.
Well, things seemed bad for Davy at the end of the last section, what with his mother dying, but oh my, they do get worse. With just a brief respite of kindness in the Peggotty home (and oh, that wedding!), Davy is sent off to labor, decides to escape, is robbed and at the end of the section, in classic Dickens style, is left in dire straits.
This section is pretty much about money. From the Murdstones and their decision to send Davy away--which, yes, is based on emotions too--to Mr. Barkis' tight-fistedness that seems to signal not all will be well in that marriage, to the extreme situation of the Micawbers, to Davy scraping by on his little amount of money--everyone is driven by money, whether they have it or not. And most do not.
My understanding is that much of this is based on Dickens' own life. That might explain the depth of emotion when he reflects back on the way the Murdstones treated him and the misery of his work life. I also sense (and this might just be me) an even greater sense of foreboding in passages like this one:
"I was chiefly edified, I am afraid, but the pictures, which were numerous, and represented all kinds of dismal horrors; but the Martyrs and Peggotty's house have been inseparable in my mind ever since, and are now." Given Davy's fondness for the Peggottys, this is a grim association, even if it seems tied to a book.
Well. Lots to worry about here. Next week: chapters 13-15. Don't forget that we're taking the following week (Thanksgiving week) off.