Our Mutual Friend

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Our Mutual Friend (1864–5) is the last completed novel written by Charles Dickens. It centers on, in the words of critic J. Hillis Miller, "money, money, money, and what money can make of life" (which is, incidently, a quote from Our Mutual Friend, spoken by Bella at the end of book III, chapter iv.). In the opening chapter, a young man is on his way to receive his inheritance, which, according to his father's will, he can only claim if he marries Bella Wilfer, a beautiful, mercenary girl whom he has never met. However, before he can arrive, a body is found in the Thames and identified as him. The money passes on, instead, to the Boffins, and the effects spread throughout various corners of London society. The book is largely believed to be the most challenging and complicated that Dickens produced. Reviews at the time of publication were not generally favorable, but critical opinion shifted in the century that followed. Although somewhat a mystery, an important point concerning the identity of certain characters is revealed halfway through, without hinting as to the ending.Excerpted from Our Mutual Friend on Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

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Table of Contents[edit]

Book the First: The Cup and the Lip

Book the Second: Birds of a Feather

Book the Third: A Long Lane

Book the Fourth: A Turning

This work was published before January 1, 1928, and is in the public domain worldwide because the author died at least 100 years ago.