David Copperfield - Study Guide Chapter 59 Summary & Analysis

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Chapter 59 Summary

David returns to London without telling anyone. He surprises Traddles first and finds out that Traddles has finally married Sophie. Traddles and Sophie have no money but seem extremely satisfied in their life together, working together to establish Traddles' career. David learns about Mr. Murdstone, who, in contrast to Traddles, has succeeded in crushing his second wife's spirit, just as he had crushed the spirit of David's mother. David goes on to Dover, where he stays with his aunt, Mr. Dick, and Peggotty.

Chapter 59 Analysis

The contrast between the two marriages is clear. The Traddles are poor but hopeful. Unlike Dora, Sophie has been able to manage the household expertly and learns several tricks to help her husband's career. While they are taken advantage of by all of their relatives, they manage to make their situation work. Mr. Murdstone's new marriage reminds the reader of David's mother...

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