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David Copperfield (1935) Poster

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Mr. Micawber: [to young Copperfield] Boy, as I have frequently had occasion to observe, "When the stomach is empty, the spirits are low."

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Mr. Micawber: [Coming to David's rescue] Gentlemen!... Gentlemen!... Gentlemen!... Gentlemen!... In the aggregate I judge you to be a highly distasteful collection. And to detail: cowardly, uncouth, and deserving of merciless chastisement. You'll oblige me by removing your unsavory persons from my immediate vicinity. In short: GET OUT!

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Aunt Betsy Trotwood: Janet! Donkeys!

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Barkis: No sweethearts I believe?

David Copperfield as a child: What?

Barkis: No person courting?

David Copperfield as a child: Oh. No, no.

Barkis: Ahhh. Well, when you is talking to her private, perhaps you'd tell her that Barkis is willing.

David Copperfield as a child: That Barkis is willing. Is that all the message?

Barkis: Well, y... y... yes. Barkis is willing.

David Copperfield as a child: Very well, Mr Barkis. I'll tell her.

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Mr. Micawber: Copperfield, you perceive before you, the shattered fragments of a temple once call Man. The blossom is blighted. The leaf is withered. The God of Day goes down upon the dreary scene. In short, I am forever floored.

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David Copperfield as a child: But why must I go away, Aunt Betsey? I want to stay with you, and Mr. Dick.

Aunt Betsy Trotwood: But you have to be educated, David, and take your place in the world. There isn't a finer school in Canterbury than Dr. Strong's. You must make us proud, David. Never be mean in anything. Never be false. Never be cruel. Avoid these three vices, and I can always be hopeful of you.

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Mr. Murdstone: If I have an obstinate horse or a dog to deal with what do you think I'd do?

David Copperfield as a child: I don't know.

Mr. Murdstone: I'd beat him. I'd make him wince and smart. I say to myself, "I'll conquer that fellow". And if it were to cost him all the blood he had, I'd do it.

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Nurse Peggotty: Don't be unhappy David.

David Copperfield as a child: I'll be happy Peggotty. And I'll see you sometimes.

[as Pegotty kisses David he notices Mr Barkis looking down at him from the cart]

David Copperfield as a child: Oh, but Peggotty, you haven't given Mr. Barkis his proper answer, you know.

Nurse Peggotty: Oh, bless the boy. Answer to what?

Barkis: Barkis is willing.

Nurse Peggotty: What would you say, darling, if I was to marry Mr. Barkis?

David Copperfield as a child: I should think it would be a very good thing. Then you would always have the horse and cart to bring you to see me in.

Nurse Peggotty: Oh, the sense of the boy!

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Mr. Dick: Do you remember the date that King Charles I had his head cut off?

David Copperfield as a child: I believe it was in the year 1649.

Mr. Dick: Well, so the books say, but I don't see how that can be. Because if it was so long ago how could the trouble have got out of his head when it was cut off and into mine?

David Copperfield as a child: I'm sure I don't know.

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Aunt Betsy Trotwood: Now that there's a child coming, what will you call your girl?

Mrs. Clara Copperfield: Perhaps it will be a boy.

Aunt Betsy Trotwood: Don't contradict. I have a pre-sentiment that it will be a girl. And I shall be her godmother. She shall be christened Betsy Trotwood Copperfield. She must be well brought up, I shall see to that. Far better than my impractical nephew would have done.

Mrs. Clara Copperfield: Mr. Copperfield has been dead only six months. It is cruel of you to speak unkindly of him to me.

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Mrs. Clara Copperfield: What have you got against Mr Murdstone?

Nurse Peggotty: [unimpressed at the meer mention of his name] Huh!

Mrs. Clara Copperfield: Is it to be hinted at that I am lacking in affection for my precious treasure? The dearest little fellow that ever was!

Nurse Peggotty: Nobody ever went an hinted no such thing.

Mrs. Clara Copperfield: Am I a naughty mama to you, Davy? Am I a nasty and selfish bad mama? I don't love you at all do I

David Copperfield as a child: [tearful] Yes you do...

Nurse Peggotty: [the tearful three embrace] I never meant to hurt you, m'am. I never meant to.

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Dan Peggotty: [Peggotty sits down with David Copperfield to tell him the fate of Emily, who had run off with Steerforth] Master Davy... It was in Naples, by the sea. There he wearied of her, and left her. When she knowed she was abandoned, her heart died in her. That snake - his servant - insulted her. Told her he'd been left there by his master to marry her. Something cast off for a servant's use. She tried to die by her own hand. So he locked her up, imprisoned her. And she, my poor lass, when night come, she forced a window and escaped to the shore.

Dan Peggotty: [Peggotty continues talking, as scene changes to show Emily struggling along a rocky, windswept shore] She fought herself home. Wandering on the Yarmouth beach, she stumbled on calling out for us who loved her. Thinking that here was the old boat, and there was her dear friends. When morning broke, they found her. By God's mercy, they took her in and cared for her.

Dan Peggotty: [Scene changes back to Peggotty and Copperfield, as Peggotty continues] All night long, we've been together. Her arms around my neck, and her head laid here. We knows full well we can put our trust in one another forevermore.

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Mrs. Gummidge: I'm a lone, lorn creature. And everything goes contrary with me.

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Mr. Micawber: [walking downstairs with a cane] Gentlemen, gentlemen, gentlemen! In the aggregate I judge you to be a highly distasteful collection... and a detail cowardly, uncouth, and deserving of merciless chastisement. You will oblige me by removing your unsavory persons from my immediate vicinity: in short, get out!

[Mr. Micawber chases the workers away from David]

David Copperfield as a child: Oh, thank you, Mr. Micawber, you're so kind to me.

Mr. Micawber: Not at all, and now, since this is a red-letter day in that I am hourly expecting something extraordinary to turn up, let us return and discover what culinary triumphs Mrs. Micawber has prepared for us.

David Copperfield as a child: Ooh, how wonderful!

Mr. Micawber: Imperative, my dear Copperfield, imperative; for as I have frequently had occasion to observe, when the stomach is empty, the spirits are low.

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Mr. Micawber: What is it? Come, little friend, open your heart.

David Copperfield as a child: It's only... that I shall miss you so very much; at Murdstone & Grinby I feel so alone and desperate, I do indeed. You've been so good to me, you and Mrs. Micawber, and as long as I had such friends, I couldn't despair.

Mr. Micawber: My little friend, you're like one of our own.

David Copperfield as a child: [tearfully] But now that you are going and there will be nobody, why I don't know what I shall do, indeed I do not.

Mr. Micawber: My motto has always been "nil desperandum": in short, never despair.

David Copperfield as a child: I have an aunt in Dover, I thought perhaps I...

Mr. Micawber: The very thing, my dear Copperfield; your aunt will welcome you with open arms.

David Copperfield as a child: She may not want to see me.

Mr. Micawber: Is not blood thicker than water?

David Copperfield as a child: But Peggotty told me she's very cantankerous, and perhaps she'd shut me out, and Dover's a long way.

Mr. Micawber: True, too true; nevertheless, as the Bard says: "Nothing attempted, nothing gained." And should this formidable aunt repulse you, write me a letter. We are friends for life, young Copperfield.

Mr. Micawber: [sings] We two have run around the braes,

Mr. MicawberDavid Copperfield as a child: And pulled the gowans fine,

David Copperfield as a child: And...

[David and Mr. Micawber stop singing]

Mr. Micawber: Although what gowans are, I'm not exactly aware; however, we'll take a pull at them just the same.

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Mr. Micawber: Copperfield, at present, I have nothing to bestow but advice. Still, that advice is so far worth taking. I have never taken it myself, and am the miserable creature you behold. Young friend, I counsel you: annual income, 20 pounds. Annual expenditure, 19 pounds. Result? Happiness. Annual income, 20 pounds. Annual expenditure, 21 pounds. Result? Misery. Farewell, Copperfield. I shall be happy to improve your prospects, in case anything turns up - which, I may say, I am hourly expecting.

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Mr. Micawber: All that we have is yours, Master Copperfield; our domestic comforts, quiet, the privacy - - call them your own.

David Copperfield as a child: Thank you, sir.

Mr. Micawber: Count on us, now and forever.

David Copperfield as a child: I will, Mr. Micawber.

Mr. Micawber: Now that you're about to share with us the privileges of our domain, I will make no stranger of you. As man to man, I will confide in you that for years, I have been hounded most unjustly by my creditors; short-sighted fools they are.

David Copperfield as a child: I'm sorry, sir.

Mr. Micawber: I grant you that I have already tried the coal trade, the haberdashery trade, and Her Majesty's marines, and found none of these entirely suited to my somewhat special talents, but now-...

David Copperfield as a child: Yes, Mr. Micawber?

Mr. Micawber: I am confidently expecting something to turn up.

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Mr. Micawber: [knocking from outside] I assume that this imposing edifice houses the brightest star in my firmament of earthly companions; I allude to Master David Copperfield.

David - the Man: Micawber!

Mr. Micawber: [Micawber enters the room] Copperfield!

David - the Man: Mr. Micawber, how wonderful to see you in Canterbury!

Mr. Micawber: Thank you, this successful conclusion of my peregrinations through highways and byways is a happy augury that something extraordinary is bound to turn up.

Uriah Heep: Will you excuse me, please?

David - the Man: Mr. Micawber, this is Uriah Heep, who works for my good friend Mr. Wickfield.

Mr. Micawber: How do you do? Any friend of my friend Copperfield has a personal claim on me.

Uriah Heep: Oh thank you, thank you sir, but I'm too humble to be called a friend, Mr. Micawber. I'm grateful to Mr. Copperfield for his kindness. Now if you'll excuse me...

[Heep bows and leaves the room]

Mr. Micawber: A man, I perceive, of remarkable shrewdness.

[walks to the dining room table]

Mr. Micawber: Ah, fruit!

David - the Man: Now tell me, how is Mrs. Micawber?

Mr. Micawber: Mrs. M. is, I am pleased to state, in statu quo... In short, were it not for unfortunate circumstances, not unconnected with finance...

David - the Man: Tell me.

Mr. Micawber: No, no, I should never be able to hold my head erect before my fellow man... Shall I confide in you that we are being held virtually as prisoners at the Sun Inn? The sum involved is admittedly trifling.

David - the Man: Oh, you must allow me.

[offers some money to Mr. Micawber]

Mr. Micawber: Never, never!

David - the Man: Oh please, I insist.

Mr. Micawber: [accepts David's money] You overwhelm me, your generosity floors me!

Mr. Micawber: [sings] Should auld acquaintance be forgot, and never brought to mind?

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Mr. Micawber: [entering the room] Miss Trotwood, Mr. Copperfield, and Mr. Dick.

Uriah Heep: Well, this is an unexpected pleasure, Miss Trotwood.

[chuckles nervously]

Uriah Heep: There have been some changes in the office since I was an humble clerk, but I'm not changed, Miss Trotwood.

Aunt Betsy Trotwood: I think you're pretty constant to the promise of your youth, if that's any satisfaction to you.

Uriah Heep: Oh, thank you for your good opinion.

David - the Man: No good opinion is wasted on you, Uriah Heep.

Uriah Heep: Still seeking a quarrel, Master Copperfield?

David - the Man: I'm seeking more than that.

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Uriah Heep: [Agnes and Mr. Wickfield enter the room] Don't wait, Micawber! What are you waiting for?

Mr. Micawber: Because... because... In short, I choose!

Uriah Heep: Oh, you were always a worthless fellow, as all the world knows; you'll oblige me to get rid of you. Now you go along, I'll talk to you presently.

Mr. Micawber: If there's a scoundrel in all this world with whom I have talked too much, that scoundrel's name is... Heep!

Uriah Heep: Ah, I see. A conspiracy, eh?

[to David]

Uriah Heep: Well, we understand each other, you and me. There's no love between us. You was always a puppy with a proud stomach from your first coming here. You envy me my rise! You'll make nothing of this, I'll match you!

David - the Man: Mr. Micawber, there's a change in this fellow that assures me we're right. Deal with him as he deserves.

Uriah Heep: [grunts] Precious set of people, ain't you, trying to buy me clerk over? The very scum, as you yourself was, Copperfield, before anyone had charity on you!

Uriah Heep: [turns to the Wickfields] Miss Wickfield, if you have any love for your father, don't you join them, because if you do, I'll ruin him!

Mr. Micawber: Scoundrel!

[opens and reads a letter]

Mr. Micawber: "Miss Wickfield, Mr. Wickfield, and others whom it may concern: In denouncing the most consummate villain that ever existed, I ask no consideration for myself, but I declare that Heep, and Heep only of the firm of Wickfield & Heep is the forger and cheat!"

Uriah Heep: [Heep lunges at Mr. Micawber] Liar! Give me it! I'll get even with you for this! You went and carried out my orders; you're in it as much as I!

Mr. Micawber: [raises his cane] Approach me, approach me, you... you... Heep of infamy! And if your head is human, I'll break it! I cast off your yoke, I defy you!

[points his cane at Uriah Heep]

Mr. Micawber: Come on! Come on! Come on!

Mr. Micawber: [resumes reading from the letter] "My charges against Heep are as follows: First, he has caused Mr. Wickfield to sign documents of importance, representing them as of no importance, thereby empowering Heep to draw out trust monies."

Uriah Heep: Prove this you; Copperfield - all in good time I -

[cringes]

Mr. Micawber: [continues reading the letter] "Second: Heep has systematically forged in various books and documents the signature of Mr. Wickfield. I have in my possession several imitations of Mr. Wickfield's signature; the work of this monster, Heep!"

Mr. Micawber: [continues reading] "I am now concluded, and although poverty and imprisonment may follow, I trust the labour of these investigations may be as a sprinkling of sweet water on my funeral pyre, I ask no more. Nay, in justice, let it be said of me, as of a gallant Naval hero, that what I have done, I did for England, home, and duty. Yours, et cetera, etc., etc., Wilkins Micawber."

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Uriah Heep: [runs to the wall safe, opens it] The books! The books are gone! Who stole the books?

Mr. Micawber: I did, when you gave me the keys this morning as usual.

David - the Man: Don't be uneasy, they're in my possession now. I'll take care of them.

Uriah Heep: Oh, so you receive stolen goods now, do you?

David - the Man: In these circumstances, yes.

Uriah Heep: Hmm, what do you want done?

David - the Man: I'll tell you what must be done; Mr. Wickfield, please.

David - the Man: First, the deed of partnership must be given over to me now, here.

Uriah Heep: Supposing I haven't got it.

Aunt Betsy Trotwood: But you have, therefore we won't suppose that.

[Heep hands the deeds to David]

David - the Man: Then you must return the bonds you've taken and all the money you've appropriated to the last penny. All the partnership books and papers must remain in our possession.

Uriah Heep: Must they? I don't know about that. I must have time to think about it.

David - the Man: Certainly, in the meantime, you may wish to repose in Maidstone Jail.

[tursn to Mr. Dick]

David - the Man: Mr. Dick, will you go around and get a couple of officers?

Mr. Dick: With the greatest pleasure.

Uriah Heep: No no, don't let's be hasty, don't let's be hasty.

[turns to David]

Uriah Heep: Master Copperfield, we've lost our tempers perhaps, and no need of that. I'm a very humble person, Master Copperfield, I've no wish to rise above my place.

[Heep unlocks the desk drawer, Copperfield takes the bonds from Heep's hands]

David - the Man: The keys.

[Mr. Micawber takes the keys from Heep]

Uriah Heep: Is that all, Master Copperfield?

David - the Man: Yes.

Uriah Heep: Then I humbly beg to wish you all a very good day.

[David returns the papers to Mr. Wickfield as Uriah Heep leaves the room]

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David Copperfield as a child: Oh thank you, Mr. Micawber, you're so kind to me.

Mr. Micawber: Not at all; and now, since this is a red-letter day, in that I am hourly expecting something extarordinary to turn up, let us return and discover what culinary triumphs Mrs. Micawber has prepared for us.

David Copperfield as a child: Ooh, how wonderful !

Mr. Micawber: Imperative, my dear Copperfield, imperative; for as I have frequently had occasion to observe: 'When the stomach is empty, the spirits are low.'

[David and Mr. Micawber go outside to the streets]

Mr. Micawber: I predict, my dear Copperfield, that we can confidently depend on Mrs. Micawber assembling a tureen of cock-a-leekie soup, veal cutlet - breaded, and a jug of egg-hot.

David Copperfield as a child: And a pudding?

Mr. Micawber: A pudding, a suet pudding, the very thing.

Sheriff's Man: Wilkins Micawber?

Mr. Micawber: You are under a misapprehension, my good fellow, I...

Mr. Quinion: Oh no you don't, you're Micawber, all right. You owe me £2.10 for the last year. Officer, do your duty.

Sheriff's Man: Wilkins Micawber, you're under arrest;

Mr. Micawber: Upon what authority do you take this unwarrantable procedure?

Sheriff's Man: Court order for debt; I'm the assistant officer of the sheriff of Middlesex. Now are you coming quietly?

Mr. Micawber: Copperfield, you perceive before you the shattered fragment of a temple once called Man. The blossom is blighted, the leaf is withered; the god of day goes down upon the dreary scene. In short, I am forever flawed.

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Mr. Micawber: So relentlessly pursued over aerie and housetop, and vice versa, I have thwarted the malevolent machinations of our scurrilous enemies; in short, I have arrived.

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