#Classic Our Mutual Friend
- Author: C. Dickens
- Title: Our Mutual Friend
- Published: 1864
- This book contains some of Dickens’s favorite issues:
- marriage plots:
- “…sold into the wretchedness for life!” (Sophronia Lammle)
- the crossing of borders between social classes: (Podsnappery)
- the renunciation of property to become truly happy:
- “O, make me poor again, somebody I pray and beg
- …or my heart will break if this goes on.”(Bella Wilfer)
- Classic that will not disappoint!
August 30, 2018 –
Only Dickens could think of this one: Mrs. Podsnap (pg 21)
“…neck and nostrils like a rocking-horse.”
September 5, 2018 –
Yesterday I took Charles Dickens to the gym….(train commute) and he brought along some friends: Mrs Abbey Potterson …owner of the bar the Six Jolly Fellowship Porters… Mr Venus the local taxidermist in love…but his girlfriend wants nothing with the ‘boney light’. Mr Boffin is the jovial illiterate heir to the Harmon fortune. This is a delightful classic.
September 6, 2018 –
Ch11: When I read this I had to think of the leader of the Free World … in the White House! One of the funniest of Dickens’ characters
“Mr. Podsnap”! He is the epitome insular complacency and blinkered self-satisfaction.
Motto: “I don’t want to know it; I don’t choose to discuss it; I don’t admit it;”
Gesture: with the flourish of the arm, a flush of the face problems are swept away!
September 17, 2018 –
Daily reading chapters with my morning coffee…
finally a pivotal chapter in which the reader
is let in on the secret! “A Solo and a Duet”
October 2, 2018 –
The compulsive powers of plotting in Dickens Our Mutual Friend is its strongest resource. Two blackmail attemps (Ridderhood and Wegg)…and laying hidden clues…why does Noddy Boffin want books about misers?
October 5, 2018 –
Dickens is a master of portraying emotions and setting the mood for delicate death scenes. Today we had to say goodbye to Mrs. Betty Higden.
October 19, 2018 –
Starting book 4 …just 186 more pages and
hope to finish this tomorrow!
Love the character’s nicknames:
Fascination Fledgeby – Golden Dustman – R.W. – ‘the cherub’ – Mr Dolls – Sloppy.