’I say,’ returned Mr. Micawber, quite forgetting himself, and smiling again, ’the miserable wretch you behold.
He’s a pleasant wretch, but he wants principle.’
Still my advice is so far worth taking, that — in short, that I have never taken it myself, and am the’ — here Mr. Micawber, who had been beaming and smiling, all over his head and face, up to the present moment, checked himself and frowned — ’the miserable wretch you behold.’
So much too loving and too good for anyone that I could think of, was it possible that she was reserved to be the wife of such a wretch as this!
She looked so quiet and good, and reminded me so strongly of my airy fresh school days at Canterbury, and the sodden, smoky, stupid wretch I had been the other night, that, nobody being by, I yielded to my self-reproach and shame, and — in short, made a fool of myself.
So far, we are united in one interest; and that is why I, who would do her any mischief that so coarse a wretch is capable of feeling, have sent for you to hear what you have heard.’
Give me back my wife, give me back my family, substitute Micawber for the petty wretch who walks about in the boots at present on my feet, and call upon me to swallow a sword tomorrow, and I’ll do it.
’My dear Madam, and Copperfield, ’The fair land of promise lately looming on the horizon is again enveloped in impenetrable mists, and for ever withdrawn from the eyes of a drifting wretch whose Doom is sealed!
’And when I came to you, that night, to lay down all my load of shame and grief, and knew that I had to tell that, underneath your roof, one of my own kindred, to whom you had been a benefactor, for the love of me, had spoken to me words that should have found no utterance, even if I had been the weak and mercenary wretch he thought me — my mind revolted from the taint the very tale conveyed.
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Pity the poor wretch.
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