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David Copperfield

by Charles Dickens
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Why is Mr. Dick very popular among the boys in David Copperfield?

Mr. Dick is very popular among the boys in David Copperfield because he’s inventive and genuinely interested in their activities.

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In chapter 17, David Copperfield tells how Mr. Dick comes and visits him at school each Wednesday. As David has grown quite attached to Mr. Dick, he inevitably fears that this Wednesday will be the Wednesday when Mr. Dick doesn't show up. Fortunately for David, Mr. Dick inevitably appears. These...

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In chapter 17, David Copperfield tells how Mr. Dick comes and visits him at school each Wednesday. As David has grown quite attached to Mr. Dick, he inevitably fears that this Wednesday will be the Wednesday when Mr. Dick doesn't show up. Fortunately for David, Mr. Dick inevitably appears. These Wednesdays are some of the happiest times for Mr. Dick, David, and the boys at the school.

According to David, Mr. Dick is a “universal favorite” at the school. David credits his popularity to his inventiveness. The boys are in awe of how creative Mr. Dick can be. They marvel at how Mr. Dick approaches everyday objects and things. He slices oranges in a truly unique fashion, turns sheep bones into chess pieces, and “could do anything” with straw and string.

Another reason for Mr. Dick’s popularity among the boys is his attentiveness. Although Mr. Dick doesn’t directly participate in any game other than kite-flying, he mindfully watches and feverishly cheers for the boys as they engage in their activities. David describes Mr. Dick watching the boys play marbles with “unutterable interest.” He portrays Mr. Dick as rapturously clapping his hands as they go down “the long slide” in the winter and, in the summer, blissfully taking in their cricket matches. Mr. Dick’s sincere concern and unconventional creativity seem to be the two main reasons why the boys like him so much.

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