There are two sentences in David Copperfield that I don't quite understand, with regards to their (possible) figurative meaning.
[...] a muslin curtain partly undrawn in the middle, a large round green screen or fan fastened on to the window-sill, a small table, and a great chair, suggested to me that my aunt might be at that moment seated in awful state.
What does "to be seated in awful state" mean?
[...] I would sit sometimes of a night, opposite my aunt, thinking how I had frightened Dora that time, and how I could best make my way with a guitar-case through the forest of difficulty, until I used to fancy that my head was turning quite grey.
What does David mean when he says that he imagines his head "turning quite gray"?