"He took me down, and tied the placard, which was neatly constructed for the purpose, on my shoulders like a knapsack; and wherever I went, afterwards, I had the consolation of carrying it. What I suffered from that placard, nobody can imagine."

(David Copperfield By Charles Dickens)

I understand the general meaning and usage of "consolation", but not in the above example. So I appreciate your help.


It's sarcastic, the placard was not a source of consolation but the cause of great grief.

A consolation prize is given to the person who didn't win just so they don't go away empty handed.

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  • This is how I read it but still had a little doubt. Thank you very much. – Rafiq Mar 2 '16 at 12:20
  • It's a great book – Peter Mar 2 '16 at 12:23
  • yes, Peter, and I'm greatly enjoying it. – Rafiq Mar 2 '16 at 12:24

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