, <which> that employment could impart <in completeness> to his face

park sang joon

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The narrator recalls his adolescence.
The narrator's old friend Mr. Micawber who was the clerk for Uriah Heep, the partner of Mr.Wickfield, who is the narrator's great aunt's old friend and a local lawyer, exposed Uriah Heep's illegal deeds, of which there is the misappropriation of great aunt's funds; Heep made Mr. Micawber owe some money to him for his blind obedience.
Now the narrator's old best friend, a lawyer Traddles and Mr. Micawber is dealing with the affairs.
The poor Micawbers is going to emigrate to Australasia with the narrator's old nurse's elder brother Mr. Peggotty.
These she explained to the unbounded satisfaction of the family, - children and all being then present, - and so much to the awakening of Mr. Micawber's punctual habits in the opening stage of all bill transactions, that he could not be dissuaded from immediately rushing out, in the highest spirits, to buy the stamps for his notes of hand. But, his joy received a sudden check; for within five minutes, he returned in the custody of a sheriff 's officer, informing us, in a flood of tears, that all was lost. We, being quite prepared for this event, which was of course a proceeding of Uriah Heep's, soon paid the money; and in five minutes more Mr. Micawber was seated at the table, filling up the stamps with an expression of perfect joy, which only that congenial employment, or the making of punch, could impart in full completeness to his shining face. To see him at work on the stamps, with the relish of an artist, touching them like pictures, looking at them sideways, taking weighty notes of dates and amounts in his pocket-book, and contemplating them when finished, with a high sense of their precious value, was a sight indeed.
[David Copperfield by Charles Dickens]
I'd like to know if "in full completeness" qualifies "which."
Thank you in advance for your help.
  • Barque

    Senior Member
    Mr. Micawber's expression of perfect joy was something which could only be imparted to his face by either (1) the congenial employment of "filling up" the stamps or (2) making punch.


    Senior Member
    The expression of joy on Micawber's face was imparted in full completeness "to his face". It was an expression that could be imparted in full completeness to his face only by the activity of filling in the stamps or of making punch, in the opinion of the narrator.
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