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  • Published: 21 November 2012
  • ISBN: 9780141974149
  • Imprint: Penguin eBooks
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 1008

Our Mutual Friend




The new paperback series: Penguin English Library

"Yours is a 'spectable calling. To save your 'spectability, it's worth your while to pawn every article of clothes you've got, sell every stick in your house, and beg and borrow every penny you can get trusted with. When you've done that and handed over, I'll leave you. Not afore"

Our Mutual Friend centres on an inheritance - Old Harmon's profitable dust heaps - and its legatees, young John Harmon, presumed drowned when a body is pulled out of the River Thames, and kindly dustman Mr Boffin, to whom the fortune defaults.

With brilliant satire, Dickens portrays a dark, macabre London, inhabited by such disparate characters as Gaffer Hexam, scavenging the river for corpses; enchanting, mercenary Bella Wilfer; the social climbing Veneerings; and the unscrupulous street-trader Silas Wegg. The novel is richly symbolic in its vision of death and renewal in a city dominated by the fetid Thames, and the corrupting power of money.

  • Published: 21 November 2012
  • ISBN: 9780141974149
  • Imprint: Penguin eBooks
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 1008

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