David Copperfield (2)

Apr 17, 2000 on PBS at 9:00 PM


The plot thickens in Part Two, which finds David residing with Aunt Betseys lawyer, Mr. Wickfield and his daughter, Agnes. Wickfields obsequious clerk, Uriah Heep, lurks malevolently on the margins. Meanwhile, David is apprenticed to another lawyer, ... (more)Mr. Spenlow, who has a charming if flighty daughter, Dora. Oblivious to the charms of Agnes, whom he treats as a sister, David falls in love with Dora and begins courting her, although her father disapproves. Unbeknownst to all, Heep has his eye on Agnes and on Wickfields business. By chance, David encounters his old schoolboy hero, Steerforth. Together they set forth to visit the ship house, where reside Davids old nanny, Peggotty; her taciturn husband, Barkis; Peggottys fisherman brother, Daniel; his nephew, Ham; and Hams cousin and fiance, Little Emily. Secretly enamored with Emily, the unscrupulous Steerforth convinces her to run away with him. Daniel sets out in hot pursuit, following them through many countries. More villainy unfolds as Heep ruins not only Wickfield but Aunt Betsey, who, with Mr. Dick, comes to live with David. Meanwhile, Micawber has reentered the picture as Heeps reluctant clerk. Wickfield expires, leaving Dora penniless and hence a fitting match for the equally destitute David. They marry and David pursues his new career as an author, but Dora, too, soon dies. All is not lost, for Micawber exposes Heeps financial fraud, restoring Aunt Betseys wealth. And Daniel finally tracks down Emily, who has been abandoned to an appalling life by Steerforth. Just as David arrives at the ship house with news of Emilys rescue, Ham dies in a storm while trying to rescue a drowning man, who turns out to be Steerforth. Dickens ties up loose ends by seeing that David and Agnes are married; that the Micawbers, Daniel and Emily start a new life in Australia; and Aunt Betsey finally gets that niece

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