Page 220. " she was as weedy as in the early days of her mourning "
Queen Mary Wearing Mourning Dress
GNU Free Documentation LicenseQueen Mary Wearing Mourning Dress - Credit: Peter Symonds

Widow’s weeds, usually black, were worn by widows in mourning. The mourning period was usually around a year, after which time widows would revert to wearing clothing of a subdued nature.

Page 224. " Plato, thou reasonest well. "

Here Mr. Micawber quotes from the play Cato (1712) by Joseph Addison (1672-1719).


It must be so,—Plato, thou reasonest well!

Else whence this pleasing hope, this fond desire,

This longing after immortality?

Or whence this secret dread and inward horror

Of falling into naught? Why shrinks the soul

Back on herself, and startles at destruction?

’T is the divinity that stirs within us;

’T is Heaven itself that points out an hereafter,

And intimates eternity to man.

Eternity! thou pleasing, dreadful thought!

Cato Act V: Scene 1