Quotations from the Charles Dickens novel David Copperfield.
Background. "If you're an eel, sir, conduct yourself like one." is a quotation from David Copperfield (Chapter 35). David Copperfield is the eighth novel by Charles Dickens, first published between 1849 and 1850. Context. Quotation said by the character Betsy Trotwood addressing Uriah Heep. The devious Heep has "jerked himself about ... in such an intolerable manner" after praising his firm to David Copperfield. Heep's snakelike mannerisms and physical attributes are said by some scholars to be based on [...]