’On that understanding,’ said my aunt, ’though it doesn’t lessen the real obligation, I shall be very glad to leave him.’
Nothing has, as yet, turned up; and it may not surprise you, my dear Master Copperfield, so much as it would a stranger, to know that we are at present waiting for a remittance from London, to discharge our pecuniary obligations at this hotel.
I said I owed him more obligations than I could ever repay, and held him in a higher admiration than I could ever express.
It was a great relief to me to do this, and to enlarge on the obligation that I owed to Steerforth for his care of me when I was unable to take care of myself.
’My dear tutor,’ said I (now, really, without any nonsense), ’to whom I owe more obligations already than I ever can acknowledge —’
That first unlucky obligation, I have paid.
It refers to the second obligation, which is not yet due.
’To leave this metropolis,’ said Mr. Micawber, ’and my friend Mr. Thomas Traddles, without acquitting myself of the pecuniary part of this obligation, would weigh upon my mind to an insupportable extent.
’That,’ said Mrs. Micawber, ’that, at least, is my view, my dear Mr. Copperfield and Mr. Traddles, of the obligation which I took upon myself when I repeated the irrevocable words, "I, Emma, take thee, Wilkins."
The amount of the first obligation,’ here Mr. Micawber carefully referred to papers, ’was, I believe, twenty-three, four, nine and a half, of the second, according to my entry of that transaction, eighteen, six, two.
I have had some slight correspondence with your former friend, sir,’ addressing me, ’but it has not restored his sense of duty or natural obligation.
If that were so, my sacrifice was nothing; my plainest obligation to her unfulfilled; and every poor action I had shrunk from, I was hourly doing.
Mr. Micawber may have occasionally given a bill without consulting me, or he may have misled me as to the period when that obligation would become due.
It was an aggravating circumstance in the case that he had no idea of this, but conceived that he was making me amends in every new discovery: not to say, heaping obligations on my head.
’The connexion in question, my love,’ rejoined Mr. Micawber, ’has not laid me, I repeat, under that load of personal obligation, that I am at all sensitive as to the formation of another connexion.’
’Now, last, not least, Mr. Micawber,’ said I. ’He has paid off every obligation he incurred here — even to Traddles’s bill, you remember my dear Agnes — and therefore we may take it for granted that he is doing well.
If you will advise me, knowing my feeble powers such as they are, how you think it will be best to exert them in a dilemma so unwonted, you will add another friendly obligation to the many you have already rendered me.
There are no more uses of "obligation" in the book.