9780375761140

Our Mutual Friend

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  • ISBN13:

    9780375761140

  • ISBN10:

    0375761144

  • Format: Trade Paper
  • Copyright: 2002-09-10
  • Publisher: Modern Library
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Summary

A satiric masterpiece about the allure and peril of money,Our Mutual Friendrevolves around the inheritance of a dust-heap where the rich throw their trash. When the body of John Harmon, the dust-heap's expected heir, is found in the Thames, fortunes change hands surprisingly, raising to new heights "Noddy" Boffin, a low-born but kindly clerk who becomes "the Golden Dustman." Charles Dickens's last complete novel,Our Mutual Friendencompasses the great themes of his earlier works: the pretensions of the nouveaux riches, the ingenuousness of the aspiring poor, and the unfailing power of wealth to corrupt all who crave it. With its flavorful cast of characters and numerous subplots,Our Mutual Friendis one of Dickens's most complexand satisfyingnovels.

Author Biography

<b>Richard T. Gaughan</b> received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Notre Dame and his Ph.D. from Brown University. He is currently an associate professor of English at the University of Central Arkansas.

Table of Contents

Biographical Note v
Introduction xiii
Richard T. Gaughan
BOOK THE FIRST. THE CUP AND THE LIP
On the Look-Out
2(4)
The Man from Somewhere
6(11)
Another Man
17(14)
The R. Wilfer Family
31(12)
Boffin's Bower
43(16)
Cut Adrift
59(15)
Mr. Wegg looks after Himself
74(9)
Mr. Boffin in Consultation
83(13)
Mr. and Mrs. Boffin in Consultation
96(14)
A Marriage Contract
110(14)
Podsnappery
124(15)
The Sweat of an Honest Man's Brow
139(16)
Tracking the Bird of Prey
155(10)
The Bird of Prey brought down
165(8)
Two New Servants
173(14)
Minders and Reminders
187(15)
A Dismal Swamp
202(6)
BOOK THE SECOND. BIRDS OF A FEATHER
On an Educational Character
208(18)
Still Educational
226(11)
A Piece of Work
237(11)
Cupid Prompted
248(12)
Mercury Prompting
260(15)
A Riddle without an Answer
275(13)
In which a Friendly Move is Originated
288(10)
In which an Innocent Elopement Occurs
298(16)
In which the Orphan Makes His Will
314(8)
A Successor
322(7)
Some Affairs of the Heart
329(12)
More Birds of Prey
341(14)
A sold and a Duett
355(14)
Strong of Purpose
369(12)
The Whole Case so Far
381(16)
An Anniversary Occasion
397(13)
BOOK THE THIRD. A LONG LANE
Lodgers in Queer Street
410(12)
A Respected Friend in a New Aspect
422(10)
The Same Respected Friend in More Aspects than One
432(6)
A Happy Return of the Day
438(12)
The Golden Dustman Falls into Bad Company
450(14)
The Golden Dustman Falls into Worse Company
464(15)
The Friendly Move Takes up a Strong Position
479(12)
The End of a Long Journey
491(11)
Somebody Becomes the Subject of a Prediction
502(16)
Scouts Out
518(14)
In the Dark
532(9)
Meaning Mischief
541(9)
Give a Dog a Bad Name, and Hang Him
550(10)
Mr. Wegg Prepares a Grindstone for Mr. Boffin's Nose
560(13)
The Golden Dustman at His Worst
573(14)
The Feast of the Three Hobgoblins
587(15)
A Social Chorus
602(12)
BOOK THE FOURTH. A TURNING
Setting Traps
614(11)
The Golden Dustman Rises a Little
625(9)
The Golden Dustman Sinks Again
634(10)
A Runaway Match
644(11)
Concerning the Mendicant's Bride
655(16)
A Cry for Help
671(13)
Better to be Abel than Cain
684(12)
A Few Grains of Pepper
696(11)
Two Places Vacated
707(11)
The Dolls' Dressmaker Discovers a Word
718(7)
Effect is given to the Dolls, Dressmaker's Discovery
725(12)
The Passing Shadow
737(13)
Showing how the Golden Dustman Helped to Scatter Dust
750(10)
Checkmate to the Friendly Move
760(12)
What was Caught in the Traps that were Set
772(11)
Persons and Things in General
783(11)
Chapter the Last. The Voice of Society 794(5)
Postscript, in lieu of Preface 799(4)
Notes 803(32)
Bibliography 835(2)
Reading Group Guide 837

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