Tom Traddles

Amongst the many characters in Charles Dickens’ David Copperfield, Tom Traddles is my favourite, simply for what he says when David asks him why he doesn’t write a book. He states he thinks he’s no mean compiler, but doesn’t reckon there was ever a boy with less imagination than him. I loved him for this when I first read the book some twenty years ago, and up till now I keep finding new pieces of evidence of this trait in myself.

Note: the actul quotation in the original is: “I am not a bad compiler, Copperfield, [….] but I have no invention at all; not a particle. I suppose there never was a young man with less originality than I have.”



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