David Copperfield by Charles Dickens | Chapters 47–50 | Summary and Q&A

October 11, 2019
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David Copperfield by Charles Dickens | Chapters 47–50


Martha helps David and Mr. Peggotty find Emily, Miss Betsey's husband resurfaces, Dora's health declines, and Mr. Micawber hints at a secret involving Mr. Heep.

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Key Insights

  • 🥺 Martha's assistance leads to the successful reunion of David, Mr. Peggotty, and Emily.
  • 🍝 Miss Betsey's past comes back to haunt her with the reappearance of her husband.
  • 🤯 The limitations of Dora's mind contribute to a superficial and unfulfilling marriage with David.
  • 👶 The loss of their baby takes a toll on Dora's health.
  • 🕶️ Mr. Micawber's erratic behavior and mention of Mr. Heep's dark actions foreshadow a potential scandal.
  • 🪜 The presence of Miss Dartle adds tension to the situation with Emily.
  • 🥰 Mr. Peggotty's determination to rescue Emily showcases his love and loyalty.


in chapter 47 of David Copperfield mr. peggotty and David follow Martha endo to a dumping area near the Thames River she stops on the riverbank and looks at the water talking to herself in a frenzy of fear and despair when she calms down she expresses her concern and love for Emily who was so kind to her mr. Peggotty convinces Martha to help find E... Read More

Questions & Answers

Q: What happens when David, Mr. Peggotty, and Martha find Emily?

Martha leads them to Emily, who is being mistreated by Miss Dartle, but they are able to rescue her and Mr. Peggotty carries her away.

Q: Who is the man that Miss Betsey gives money to?

The man is Miss Betsey's estranged husband, whom she had left long ago due to his mistreatment. She gives him money to send him away.

Q: How does Dora's mental incapacity affect her marriage with David?

Dora's inability to grasp serious subjects and share intellectual conversations with David creates a lack of depth in their relationship.

Q: What secret does Mr. Micawber hint at involving Mr. Heep?

Mr. Micawber suggests that Mr. Heep is involved in deception, fraud, and conspiracy, but does not reveal the full details.

Summary & Key Takeaways

  • Martha leads David and Mr. Peggotty to Emily's location, where they reunite.

  • Miss Betsey's husband reappears, causing tension and financial support.

  • Dora's mental limitations hinder her connection with David, and their baby's death affects her health.

  • Mr. Micawber expresses concern about Mr. Heep and hints at a dark secret.

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