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Harmon's death is the catalyst for everything else that happens in the novel. It seems the fortune was left to the young man on the condition that he marry a girl he'd never met, Bella Wilfer. His death, however, brings a new heir onto the scene, Nicodemus Boffin, the kind-hearted but low-born assistant to Harmon's father. Boffin and his wife adopt young Bella, who is determined to marry money, and also hire a mysterious young secretary, John Rokesmith, who takes an uncommon interest in their ward. Not content with just one plot, Dickens throws in a secondary love story featuring the riverman's daughter, Lizzie Hexam; a dissolute young upper-class lawyer, Eugene Wrayburn; and his rival, the headmaster Bradley Headstone. Dark as the novel is, Dickens is careful to leaven it with secondary characters who are as funny as they are menacing--blackmailing Silas Wegg and his accomplice Mr. Venus, the avaricious Lammles, and self-centered Charlie Hexam. Our Mutual Friend is one of Dickens's most satisfying novels, and a fitting denouement to his prolific career. --Alix Wilber --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
What a CLASSIC! And so good to read again after so many years- after being suggested to me by my fav. author, Micheal Maxwell, I am so glad I re-read it! Read morePublished 2 days ago by Rae Long
An excellent adaptation of Dickens. Watch it and see why.Published 18 days ago by Richard Mccrystal
I like most Dickens. This one is hard for me to gt into. After about 100 pages I quit. Maybe will try again somedayPublished 1 month ago by Dan Westmoreland
My favorite Charles Dickens! Some of his best and most lovable characters as well as the most despicable are within this books pages.Published 1 month ago by kate
Not Dickens most widely read book, but a gem. I loved every page of it, and look forward to rereading it. Memorable characters, great quirks, all of his strengths as a writer.Published 2 months ago by Antoin O'Gealbhain
I love this book! My family has been a fan of Dickens for some time and this is a great addition to our collection. The seller was great to work with. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Meredith Falk