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David's crying in the cart as they drive away when, suddenly, Peggotty jumps through the hedge next to the road and climbs onto the cart.
She hugs David tightly, presses a purse into his hand, and then runs away.
The carrier, Mr. Barkis, starts his driving again.
The purse holds a bit of money and note: "For Davy. With my love" (5.4). Seeing this, David starts weeping yet again.
Mr. Barkis tells David that they will only be going as far as Yarmouth, where David will catch a coach to his final destination.
Then, David offers Mr. Barkis a piece of cake.
Mr. Barkis eats it and asks if it was made by Peggotty.
David answers yes, Peggotty does all of their cooking.
Mr. Barkis asks if Peggotty has any sweethearts – suitors.
David says, no, so far as he knows, Peggotty has never had a boyfriend.
Mr. Barkis wonders if David will be writing letters to Peggotty. David says, yes, of course.
The carrier asks David to include a message in his next letter to Peggotty: "Barkis is willin'" (5.35).
But Mr. Barkis won't clarify what, exactly, he's willing to do.
Mr. Barkis and David arrive at a totally unfamiliar (to David) inn at Yarmouth.
David introduces himself as Copperfield, then as Murdstone, to the lady at the inn, who agrees that a dinner has been bought for him.
He settles in for dinner with a waiter who, while seeming like a nice guy, still manages to steal David's food, ale, and dessert right out from under his nose.
Then, the waiter brings David ink and paper, which he plans to use to write to Peggotty.
The waiter scares David half to death with stories of boys being beaten at school – boys of exactly David's age, between eight and nine.
The waiter also manages to guilt David into giving him a giant tip.
David gets into a public coach bound for London.
Having supposedly eaten so very much (when it was really the rascally waiter), David feels annoyed that he's now the butt of a lot of jokes between the coachman and the other passengers about his appetite.
The coach carries David to an inn in the Whitechapel district, where he is left behind.
Nobody there is expecting a boy called Copperfield, from Blunderstone, Suffolk.
David feels incredibly isolated: what if no one comes to pick him up? What will he do?
Finally, someone comes to the inn office: a thin young man with lots of stubble and a poor suit of clothes. This guy is one of the teachers at Salem House, David's new school, and he has come to fetch David.
David and this teacher agree to stop on the way to the school so that David can get something to eat.
They pause at a housing complex for poor women; they enter a small apartment where an elderly woman greets the teacher as, "My Charley!" (5.114). (We find out later that his name is Mr. Mell.)
The apartment is terribly cold and poor and meager, but the elderly woman still has enough to cook up some breakfast for David.
The woman asks Mr. Mell – whom David calls "the Master," because he is a master, a.k.a. a teacher, at Salem House – to play the flute a bit.
Mr. Mell does, but the music is awful – his music is terribly sad and dismal.
Eventually, a friend comes by, another elderly lady: Mrs. Fibbitson.
Mrs. Fibbitson agrees with his mother that Mr. Mell plays the flute beautifully – which is totally not true, but does spare his mother's feelings.
David soon nods off to sleep to the sound of this awful flute.
He sleeps right through the subsequent coach ride to his new home, Salem House.
This school is incredibly grim looking.
The door of the school is opened by a man with a wooden leg (who, we later learn, is named Tungay), who tells Mr. Mell that the cobbler (read: a shoemaker) has been by the house, but hasn't been able to fix his boots.
Mr. Mell is clearly really bummed.
David notices that Mr. Mell's shoes and socks both have holes in them.
David also learns that he's there during the school's holiday season, so there are no other boys on campus.
Even the owner of the school, Mr. Creakle, and his family aren't there.
David goes into an empty schoolroom, where he finds a little sign that says, "Take care of him. He bites" (5.136).
Mr. Mell comes up behind David and asks what he's doing.
David asks if there is a dog around that he should be careful of.
Mr. Mell says the sign's not for a dog, it's for David: they have been warned that he bites.
Mr. Mell apologizes for having to start out with David in this way, but he has to put the sign around David's neck.
This sign does terrible things for David's confidence: he becomes paranoid that people think he really does bite.
As David explores the school in everyone's absence, he sees that a lot of the boys have carved their names in an old door to the playground; he tries to figure out what kind of people they are from the way they carve their names.
Mr. Mell and David both have long lists of chores to do, but David gets through them because he has nothing else to do.
David also spends a lot of time with Tungay, who acts as a kind of caretaker to the building. He's pretty mean to David; he won't let him turn his sign so that no one can see it.
Mr. Mell is never cruel to David, though he doesn't talk to him much. David thinks Mr. Mell likes having company.