Schools & Districts
All of Shmoop
Cite This Page
Kindle: Learning Guide
Best of the Web
Chapter 25 Summary
Chapter 23 Summary
Table of Contents
AP English Language
AP English Literature
SAT Test Prep
ACT Exam Prep
Find the Perfect College
Your dream school is right around the corner. Search to find colleges that might be a match for you.
What you want to study:
AGRICULTURE, AGRICULTURE OPERATIONS, AND RELATED SCIENCES
ARCHITECTURE AND RELATED SERVICES
AREA, ETHNIC, CULTURAL, AND GENDER STUDIES
BIOLOGICAL AND BIOMEDICAL SCIENCES
BUSINESS, MANAGEMENT, MARKETING, AND RELATED SUPPORT SERVICES
COMMUNICATION, JOURNALISM, AND RELATED PROGRAMS
COMMUNICATIONS TECHNOLOGIES/TECHNICIANS AND SUPPORT SERVICES
COMPUTER AND INFORMATION SCIENCES AND SUPPORT SERVICES
ENGLISH LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE/LETTERS
FAMILY AND CONSUMER SCIENCES/HUMAN SCIENCES
FOREIGN LANGUAGES, LITERATURES, AND LINGUISTICS
HEALTH PROFESSIONS AND RELATED CLINICAL SCIENCES
HEALTH-RELATED KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS
HIGH SCHOOL/SECONDARY DIPLOMAS AND CERTIFICATES
INTERPERSONAL AND SOCIAL SKILLS
LEGAL PROFESSIONS AND STUDIES
LEISURE AND RECREATIONAL ACTIVITIES
LIBERAL ARTS AND SCIENCES, GENERAL STUDIES AND HUMANITIES
MATHEMATICS AND STATISTICS
MECHANIC AND REPAIR TECHNOLOGIES/TECHNICIANS
NATURAL RESOURCES AND CONSERVATION
PARKS, RECREATION, LEISURE, AND FITNESS STUDIES
PERSONAL AND CULINARY SERVICES
PERSONAL AWARENESS AND SELF-IMPROVEMENT
PHILOSOPHY AND RELIGIOUS STUDIES
PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION AND SOCIAL SERVICE PROFESSIONS
RESERVE OFFICER TRAINING CORPS (JROTC, ROTC)
SECURITY AND PROTECTIVE SERVICES
TECHNOLOGY EDUCATION/INDUSTRIAL ARTS
THEOLOGY AND RELIGIOUS VOCATIONS
TRANSPORTATION AND MATERIALS MOVING
VISUAL AND PERFORMING ARTS
District Of Columbia
Search for Colleges
David Copperfield Chapter 24 Summary
My First Dissipation
Now that David's off living like a real adult on his own, he's feeling very grand.
At the same time, it's kind of lonely – he doesn't have a particularly tight relationship with Mrs. Crupp, and he misses Agnes.
David goes over to Highgate, to Mrs. Steerforth's house, to see if Steerforth is around. But he's not – he's hanging out with his Oxford friends.
Mrs. Steerforth asks David to dinner, and he is so pleased to have company again that he starts to fall for Miss Dartle a little bit.
The next day, Steerforth surprises David with a visit at Mrs. Crupp's.
David is overjoyed, and invites Steerforth to dinner.
Steerforth can't: he's got plans with these two Oxford friends of his.
David suggests that Steerforth bring the two Oxfordians along.
Steerforth agrees, and David makes arrangements with Mrs. Crupp for dinner for four.
Once Steerforth and his two friends, Grainger and Markham, arrive, David's excited to have them but also a bit nervous – he feels very young and unprepared for a dinner party.
Luckily, Steerforth steps up and plays host (at David's table).
David gets very, very drunk very, very quickly.
There's a lot of singing and laughter and smoking and confusion.
Eventually, someone suggests that they should all go to the theater.
Steerforth asks if David is all right, to which David replies, "Neverberrer" (24.36). David is very drunk
At the theater, David is stumbling all around the audience and making noise. The other playgoers shush him, but he keeps making a scene.
Suddenly, David spots Agnes sitting in a private box. She looks embarrassed and ashamed of David, and tells him to be quiet and watch the play.
Agnes tells David that she is absolutely serious: David has to go away and tell his friends to take him home.
Even though David is annoyed that Agnes is being mean to him, he respects her enough that he does, in fact, go away.
Steerforth follows David and helps him into his house and into bed.
The next morning, David wakes up completely embarrassed about what he did the night before.
David is haunted by the awful sense that he has done many shameful things without being able to remember them.
Also, he feels incredibly sick.
When he sees Mrs. Crupp, he wants to confess to her that he feels very miserable, but Mrs. Crupp doesn't seem like the cozy sort of woman one confides in.
Need help with College?
© 2014 Shmoop University, Inc. All rights reserved. We love your brain and respect your privacy. |
© 2014 Shmoop University, Inc. All rights reserved. We love your brain and respect your privacy.