David Copperfield - Chapter 38 Summary & Analysis

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Chapter 38 Summary

Through Miss Murdstone's snooping, Dora's father has found out about the affair between David and Dora. He confronts David about the relationship. He demands that David break off the relationship immediately, which David refuses to do. He also hints that Dora will be disinherited from her substantial fortune if she continues her relationship with David. David has few options and turns to his friends for help, but they cannot do anything.

In a surprising turn of events, Dora's father dies suddenly. What is more surprising is that he left no will. Instead, he left substantial debts. Dora is left with a small income and goes to lives with her aunts. David stays in touch with her friend to learn what is happening to Dora, but Dora is too grief stricken over her father's death to communicate with him herself.

Chapter 38 Analysis

A potential problem for David's courtship...

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