David's father passed away six months before David was born and a year after he married David's mother.
When Miss Betsey comes up to the door of David's house, she foregoes ringing the doorbell and proceeds to look in the window. David's mother had spied Miss Betsey through that same window moments before. Frightened and intimidated at such a formidable presence, David's mother hides behind the chair in the corner. Eventually, she is persuaded by Miss Betsey to open the door.
When Miss Betsey criticizes her dead nephew's choice of naming the house 'The Rookery' (seeing as how there appear to be no rooks in residence), David's mother tries to assert herself to defend her husband's decision. However, the contentious moment is a wearing one for her, and she faints.
Peggotty is the housekeeper; due to the impending marriage of David's mother to Mr Murdstone, Peggotty takes David to stay with her brother at Yarmouth for two weeks.
David does not like his new father because Mr. Murdstone is unsympathetic, unkind, autocratic, and physically abusive.
A word of encouragement and explanation, of pity for my childish ignorance, of welcome home, of reassurance to me that it was home, might have made me dutiful to him in my heart henceforth, instead of in my hypocritical outside, and might have made me respect instead of hate him.
When Mr. Murdstone is not presenting David with impossible Math word problems to solve or some other equally challenging grammatical exercise, he makes sure that David is engaged in physical labor; David does not often get to play with children his own age because the 'gloomy theology of the Murdstones made all children out to be a swarm of little vipers (though there WAS a child once set in the midst of the Disciples), and held that they contaminated one another.' When David falters in his lessons one day, Mr. Murdstone beats him mercilessly and imprisons him in his room for five days. After the punishment, David is sent off to school near London.