Betsey Trotwood is a
fictional characterfrom Charles Dickens' novel "David Copperfield".
Role in novel
She is David's great-aunt and has an unfavorable view of men and boys. She appears in the first chapter where she demonstrates her uncommon personality and her dislike of boys when she storms out of the house after hearing that David's mother is having a son.
She plays a bigger role in David Copperfield's life by taking him in after he has run away from where his stepfather
Edward Murdstonehad stationed him to work at. She provides him with school and opportunities for work, thus showing her complex character.
The character is based on Miss Mary Pearson Strong who lived at
Broadstairs, Kent. Her former home now hosts Broadstairs' Dickens House Museum.
1999adaption Aunt Betsey is played by Maggie Smith.
There is a pub in Clerkenwell, Central London called The Betsey Trotwood. It adopted the name in 1983, having previously been The Butcher's Arms [http://www.thebetsey.com/home] .
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