What made David think Mr. Dick was slightly mad in "David Copperfield" in chapter 13?

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In David Copperfield, David begins to suspect that Dick is slightly mad because as Mr. Dick writes his auto-biography, he claims to have trouble keeping King Charles I out of it! Later in the story, Mr. Dick confides to David that he himself thinks that he has a simple mind. A quote from David Copperfield that shows when David begins to suspect Mr. Dick’s madness is that Mr. Dick’s, “vacant manner, his submission to aunt, and his childish delight when she praised him,” led David in fact, to, “suspect him of being a little mad.” David’s Aunt Betsey, who says that Mr. Dick is a relative of hers, is very used to other people having negative judgments about him.

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