In the event that you want to know the truth if you really want to hear about it, the first thing you’ll probably want to know is where I was born, and what my lousy childhood was like, and how my parents were occupied and all before they had me, and that David Copperfield kind of crap, but I don’t feel like going into it.
It is an allusion to the novel David Copperfield by Charles Dickens, which informs the whole tale associated with name character’s youth.
“I passed English all right,” we stated, “because we had all that Beowulf and Lord Randal My Son stuff once I is at the Whooton School.”
This estimate contains allusions into the Anglo-Saxon poem Beowulf plus the Anglo-Scottish ballad Lord Randall. Continue reading