Aladdin’s last wish was for a roc’s egg.
A roc is a mythical bird of huge size and strength.
The term ‘lady’ carried particular social connotations in the nineteenth century. It was not only an aristocratic title, but could indicate more generally a woman of good breeding – a gentlewoman.
The definition of a gentlewoman was fluid, but might include a lady of high birth, a woman who attended a great lady, or simply a woman with genteel manners and a high standard of behaviour. It seems the aspiring middle classes were more concerned with such titular details than were their aristocratic peers.
Jean-Jaques Rousseau is generally credited with forming this modern notion of childhood.
In David Copperfield, firmness becomes synonymous with tyranny, a theme that recurs throughout Dickens' work. Other characters who wield cruel power include Bill Sikes in Oliver Twist (1837-1839), Wackford Squeers and his wife in Nicholas Nickleby (1838-1839), and Daniel Quilp in The Old Curiosity Shop (1840-1841).