I never can quite understand whether my precocious self-dependence confused Mrs. Micawber in reference to my age, or whether she was so full of the subject that she would have talked about it to the very twins if there had been nobody else to communicate with, but this was the strain in which she began, and she went on accordingly all the time I knew her.
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She was a precocious child who always pointed to logical flaws in her parents’ rules.
precocious flowers appear before the leaves as in some species of magnolias