A pleasure for the poor baby to fix her faith.

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  1. park sang joon Senior Member

    The narrator recalls his childhood.
    He was forced to work for his own living for Mr. Murdstone's friend Mr. Quinion at London by his stepfather Mr. Murdstone.
    When the protagonist started to run away to his grand aunt Miss Betsey, he was robbed his money and box by a porter and then he abandoned pursuing him after a long distance pursuit.
    At last, he arrived his grand aunt's place after a long and rough traveling.
    Now, he says his own story to his aunt and her friend Mr. Dick.

    "A mighty pleasure for the poor Baby to fix her simple faith upon any dog of a fellow, certain to ill-use her in some way or other. What did she propose to herself, I should like to know! She had had one husband. She had seen David Copperfeld out of the world,who was always running after wax dolls from his candle.
    [David Copperfield by Charles Dickens]
    I'd like to know why the underlined sentence doesn't have a finite verb.
    Thank you in advance for your help.
  2. Florentia52

    Florentia52 Modwoman in the attic

    English - United States
    The preceding sentences would have been more helpful here than the following ones, park.

    Mr. Dick suggests that perhaps she did it for pleasure. The aunt replies: "Pleasure, indeed!"

    That context makes it clear that the following sentence simply omits and implies "It is" before "A mighty pleasure…"
  3. park sang joon Senior Member

    Thank you, Florentia52, for your so very helpful answer. :)

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