began a tour of inspection of the various slop-shops. <It> was a likely place to sell a jacket in

park sang joon

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Korean
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.

Feeling that I could go but a very little way that day, if I were to reserve any strength for getting to my journey's end, I took the jacket its principal business. Accordingly, I took the jacket off, that I might learn to do without it, and, carrying it under my arm, began a tour of inspection of the various slop-shops.
It was a likely place to sell a jacket in, for the dealers in second-had clothes were numerous, and were, generally speaking, on the look-out for customers at their shop-doors.
[David Copperfield by Charles Dickens]
I'd like to know "it" refers to "the slop-shop."
Thank you in advance for your help.
 
  • Keith Bradford

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    English (Midlands UK)
    This means a clothes-shop, or more specifically "a shop where slop-clothing is sold" (OED). And what, you may ask, is slop-clothing? Apparently slops are "ready-made clothing and other furnishings supplied to seamen from the ship's stores; hence ready-made, cheap, or inferior garments generally".

    Not now in general use.
     

    Loob

    Senior Member
    English UK
    Hi again, PSJ

    I'd say that the "It" refers to Chatham, where the narrator had arrived the night before - or, more probably, the specific part of Chatham he was walking around in.

    (I also thrink there's something wrong with your quote - it should read:
    Feeling that I could go but a very little way that day, if I were to reserve any strength for getting to my journey's end, I resolved to make the sale of my jacket its principal business. ...)

    :)
     

    park sang joon

    Senior Member
    Korean
    Thank you, Mr. Bradford, for your so very valuable information. :)
    Thank you, Loob, for yet another so very kind answer and correction from you.:)
     
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