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David Copperfield

David Copperfield

  

by Charles Dickens

David Copperfield Chapter 64 Summary

A Last Retrospect

  • David is starting on his last chapter, and he's going to spend it looking back one last time at all of the characters of his story.
  • He sees Agnes sitting next to him, surrounded by family and friends.
  • He sees Miss Betsey, 80 years old but tough as ever, with Peggotty by her side.
  • Miss Betsey has finally become a godmother to Betsey Trotwood – David's daughter.
  • Peggotty always carries the old book David used to read with her, the Crocodile Book, to show to David's children.
  • During the summer holidays, David's sons fly kites with Mr. Dick.
  • Mr. Dick continues to promise that the Memorial will be finished when he has time.
  • David sees a senile old woman who doesn't recognize him any more: Mrs. Steerforth.
  • She is accompanied by Miss Dartle, as spiteful as ever, but still looking after Mrs. Steerforth.
  • David sees Julia Mills, the woman who helped him meet up with Dora in secret all of those years ago.
  • Miss Mills has gotten over her broken heart and married a rich man from Scotland.
  • She has become spoiled and irritable with too much money.
  • Julia has become a member of the dry, barren society that also controls Mr. Jack Maldon – the kind of society that looks down on good men like Doctor Strong.
  • Doctor Strong continues to work on his dictionary.
  • He lives happily with Annie.
  • Mrs. Markleham also continues to live with the Strongs, but she's not so powerful now.
  • Tommy Traddles has become bald and prosperous: he's going to be a judge soon.
  • David attends family dinner with Traddles and Sophy, where he sees all of Traddles's Crewler sisters-in-law with their husbands and children. Traddles sits at the head of the table like a proper head of this giant family.
  • The only unlucky Crewler has been the eldest, the Beauty, who has been left a widow with one child.
  • She is living with Sophy and Traddles.
  • All of these faces from his past fade from his memory except one, which shines before him like a light from heaven.
  • That face is the one beside him now: Agnes, who continues to guide David to be a better man.

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