Traddles and I <laying our heads together apart>

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park sang joon

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The narrator recalls his adolescence.
He is an apprentice for the lawyer Mr. Spenlow.
His grand aunt and her distant relative Mr.Dick came to London after her going bankrupt.
Now, He works as the secretary for Doctor Strong in his spare time, who was the head master of the school the protagonist went to.
He came to his bosom friend Traddles' house with deranged Mr. Dick, who wants to work to provide for the narrator's grand aunt, to consult about his situation.

This gave us new hope. Traddles and I laying our heads together apart, while Mr. Dick anxiously watched us from his chair, we concocted a scheme in virtue of which we got him to work next day, with triumphant success.
[David Copperfield by Charles Dickens]
I'd like to know what "lay our heads together apart" means.
Thank you in advance for your help.
  • cyberpedant

    Senior Member
    English USA, Northeast, NYC
    Traddles and the narrator moved away (apart) from Mr. Dick in order to converse without Dick's being able to hear. I originally found "together apart" difficult to grasp.


    Senior Member
    English - England
    This is an old idiom:Traddles and I laying our heads together apart,= Traddles and I considered the matter separately,
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