Well, I finished. Although, after the first 200 pages, I didn't dislike the book, I think it does lift David Copperfield off the bottom spot on my Dickens list. I found the apostrophizing of death and the dog and whatever else, rather annoying. I didn't mind characters apostrophizing, but I did mind the narrator doing so. I also found other authorial comments annoying. I didn't make not of any but they were such things as, oh, that Dombey could see what love he neglects. I also found passages too sentimental even for Dickens. There were, of course, good things too, though I find it harder to name them. There were scenes and characters I quite enjoyed.
Carker's death reminded me of the death of Lolita's mother.
I wondered about the psychology of Florence. These days we'd think she was supposed to become involved with Carker to get daddy's attention. Or be in a girls gone wild video. Amusing to think of Florence gone wild.
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