Our Mutual Friend

Our Mutual Friend

Paperback Wordsworth Classics

By (author) Charles Dickens, Illustrated by Marcus Stone, Introduction and notes by Deborah Wynne, Series edited by Dr. Keith Carabine

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  • Publisher: Wordsworth Editions Ltd
  • Format: Paperback | 832 pages
  • Dimensions: 130mm x 206mm x 42mm | 440g
  • Publication date: 1 January 1998
  • Publication City/Country: Herts
  • ISBN 10: 1853261947
  • ISBN 13: 9781853261947
  • Edition: New edition
  • Edition statement: New edition
  • Sales rank: 14,914

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Our Mutual Friend, Dickens' last complete novel, gives one of his most comprehensive and penetrating accounts of Victorian society. Its vision of a culture stifled by materialistic values emerges not just through its central narratives, but through its apparently incidental characters and scenes. The chief of its several plots centres on John Harmon who returns to England as his father's heir. He is believed drowned under suspicious circumstances - a situation convenient to his wish for anonymity until he can evaluate Bella Wilfer whom he must marry to secure his inheritance. The story is filled with colourful characters and incidents - the faded aristocrats and parvenus gathered at the Veneering's dinner table, Betty Higden and her terror of the workhouse and the greedy plottings of Silas Wegg.

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John Harmon returns to London from exile at his father's death, to claim his inheritance. But he finds he is eligible only if he marries Bella Wilfer, and in order to observe her character he assumes another identity and secures work with his father's foreman, Mr. Boffin, who is also Bella's guardian.