David Copperfield - Chapter 14 Summary & Analysis

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Chapter 14 Summary

At breakfast the next morning, Miss Betsy tells David that she has written to his stepfather to say that David is staying with her. She tells David that she will not be able to make any decision about him until his stepfather writes or visits.

David learns more about Mr. Dick, who has some mental problems and is writing a never-ending manuscript about his connection to the beheading of King Charles. Mr. Dick also enjoys flying kites. Miss Betsey explains that she took him in after his family planned to put him in a mental institution. She thinks that Mr. Dick is perfectly fine.

The Murdstones arrive to discuss David's future. They explain their intentions to treat David as they wish, and express their opinion that he is a horrible child. Miss Betsey accuses them of ruining the life of David's mother and decides to accept David...

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