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David Copperfield is full of bravura writing, and some of the best is to be found in chapter 24, "My First Dissipation". Copperfield has just entered into possession of "a singularly desirable, and compact set of chambers" in the Adelphi. No matter that, on inspection, the set consisted of "a little half-blind entry where you could see hardly anything, a little stone-blind pantry where you could see nothing at all, a sitting-room, and a bedroom." Copperfield is delighted with these rooms, even being undeterred when his landlady, Mrs Crupp, tells him that the previous tenant had died "of drink . . . and smoke".

 A chance meeting with Steerforth, a friend idolised since schooldays, encourages Copperfield to have a dinner party: "I really ought to have a little house-warming. I had a new pride in my rooms after his approval of them, and burned with a desire to develop their utmost resources."

 Copperfield consults Mrs Crupp, who suggests "a handy young man" to wait and "a young gal" to do the dishes. Although Mrs Crupp is supposed to cook for Copperfield, she has little trouble in side-stepping that responsibility:

It was a remarkable instance of want of forethought on the part of the ironmonger who had made Mrs. Crupp's kitchen fireplace, that it was capable of cooking nothing but chops and mashed potatoes. As to a fish kittle, Mrs. Crupp said, well! would I only come and look at the range? She couldn't say fairer than that. Would I come and look at it? As I should not have been much the wiser if I had looked at it, I declined, and said, "Never mind fish." But Mrs. Crupp said, Don't say that; oysters was in, why not them?  So that was settled. Mrs. Crupp then said what she would recommend would be this. A pair of hot roast fowls-from the pastrycook's; a dish of stewed beef, with vegetables-from the pastrycook's; two little corner things, as a raised pie and a dish of kidneys-from the pastrycook's; a tart, and (if I liked) a shape of jelly-from the pastrycook's. This, Mrs. Crupp said, would leave her at full liberty to concentrate her mind on the potatoes, and to serve up the cheese and celery as she could wish it done.

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