An excerpt from David Copperfield about the unfortunate Mr. Micawber, who was entangled in debt. Mr. Micawber’s character was inspired by Charles Dickens’ father who was also heavily in debt and was jailed for it.
"My other piece of advice, Copperfield," said Mr. Micawber, "you know. Annual income twenty pounds, annual expenditure nineteen nineteen and six, result happiness. Annual income twenty pounds ought and six, result misery. The blossom is blighted, the leaf is withered, the god of day goes down upon the dreary scene, and--and in short you are for ever floored. As I am!"