The Prodigal Son leaves home to become a wastrel, but when he finally returns home, chastened and penitent, he is welcomed by his father.
An articled clerk began his apprenticeship by signing a contract, known as “articles of clerkship,” which committed the clerk to a fixed period of employment under an employer, who would train the clerk in his profession
Charles Dickens worked as a junior clerk in the law office of Ellis and Blackmore from May 1827 to November 1828.
This is similar to an often quoted section of Ecclesiastes, a book of the Bible, which reads, “To everything there is a season…”
This book of the Bible is narrated by the son of David and, like David Copperfield, is mainly an autobiographical reflection.