This "David Copperfield" by Charles Dickens is an utterly draining book. It is SO full of emotion -- every chapter, every page, every sentence (it seems). David and his friends go from one crisis to another, from high point to low point to high point again. Just now the strained relationship between old Dr. Strong and his beautiful young wife Annie is being beautifully brought back together through the help of the mentally handicapped Mr. Dick. (He himself recently declared that he was 'simple' -- a Victorian word for 'retarded'.) The scene describing the reconciliation was unbelievably powerful and poignant. I almost had to reach for a tissue.