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…Copperfield. But within seconds as soon as the realization comes upon him of the debt that he carries, Micawber is reduced to being a, an almost childlike, self-pitying, little creature, railing about how he’s doomed for the debtor’s prison. He starts making knife-cutting gestures across his throat and talks about what a tragic figure he is. And then he can pull himself together and start singing songs and dancing the hornpipe. It’s a very realistic and affectionate and yet frustrated look at the twisted poison that can be injected into someone’s personality by this awareness of debt. It’s so hard to read, you almost have to put your fingers across of your eyes as you read it.

This look likes Julius Caesar.

It’s Julius Caesar, yeah. It was *’s playhouse.

Right.

For 63-year-old actor, Ian Harley, Dickens’ portrait of Micawber has a special significance. When work dried up, Ian found himself in debt, owing the bank 40, 000 pounds.

Mr. Micawber, you can see that when he has these highs and lows, when someone has a debt problem, it really doesn’t go. You can see him how he’s trying to escape from it.

Well, here is the passage which describes that sense of being up and down, and up and down that goes trough Mr. Micawber.

There was nothing at all usual for Mr. Micawber to sob violently at the beginning of one of these Saturday night conversations and sing about Jack’s delight being his lovely * towards the end of it. I’ve known him come home to supper with a flood of tears and a declaration that noting was now left but a jail. I go to bed, making a calculation of the expense of putting bow windows in the house in case anything turned up, which was his favorite expression.
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