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David Copperfield

Cheeks and arms so hard and red that I wondered the birds didn’t peck her in preference to apples.‘ is a quotation from David Copperfield (Chapter 2).

- David Copperfield is the eighth novel by Charles Dickens, first published between 1849 and 1850.

 

Context.

Description of the housekeeper Clara Peggotty.

Taken from the opening paragraph of Chapter 2 of David Copperfield:

The first objects that assume a distinct presence before me, as I look far back, into the blank of my infancy, are my mother with her pretty hair and youthful shape, and Peggotty with no shape at all, and eyes so dark that they seemed to darken their whole neighbourhood in her face, and cheeks and arms so hard and red that I wondered the birds didn’t peck her in preference to apples.

 

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