Type: Glossary Word | Title: David Copperfield (in Context) | Author: Charles Dickens | Ch: I Fall into Disgrace

Miss Murdstone is given to fits of anger, meaning she is weak in the exercise of self-control. "Firm" is the Murdstone mantra but he's not permitted to appropriate the word. Yet there are also in the novel a firmness and self-discipline that are positive and not repressive. 

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