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David Copperfield enjoys his early childhood with his mother and their kindly servant Peggotty But when his mother marries the cruel Mr Murdstone he is sent away to Salem House a run-down London boarding school where the boys are beaten by Mr Creakle Here David befriends Tommy Traddles and the aristocratic James Steerforth Shortly after she gives birth to a son by Mr Murdstone however Davids mother dies and David is pulled out of the school and forced to go to work at Murdstones wine warehouse He lives with the impoverished Micawber family whom he grows to love but when Micawber is sent to debtors prison David runs away from his work and goes to live with his indomitable great-aunt Miss Betsey Trotwood Miss Trotwood adopts David and sends him to Dr Strongs school in Canterbury where he thrives David lives in Canterbury with a lawyer named Mr Wickfield whose scheming clerk Uriah Heep takes advantage of Wickfields alcoholism to secure himself a position as partner in the firm and Wickfields daughter Agnes with whom David forms a close and lasting friendship When David finishes at Dr Strongs school he goes to work at the law firm of Mr Spenlow and Jorkins where he falls in love with and becomes engaged to Dora Spenlow When Emly Davids childhood sweetheart and Peggottys niece runs away with Steerforth Mr Peggotty Peggottys brother sets out to find her Miss Trotwood is suddenly and unexpectedly plunged into financial ruin and David begins doing extra work to help support her--he learns shorthand and begins reporting on Parliament for the papers and he eventually begins writing stories for magazines He marries Dora who proves inept at housework Soon after he is shocked to learn that Mr Micawber has gone to work as a clerk for Uriah Heep and that Heep intends to marry Agnes Dora becomes ill after the birth of their child and dies as does the child With the
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