Our Mutual Friend

Novel by Charles Dickens, G. K. Chesterton


Dickens’s last completed novel, Our Mutual Friend has been called one of his most gratifying works. The story centers on the inheritance gained by ownership of a dust-heap. The would-be heir, John Harmon, is found dead in the Thames and the fortune falls into the hands of Mr. Boffin, a kind but lowly clerk who becomes a mogul as a result. Enlivened—as are all Dickens’s novels—with a vivid cast of characters worthy of their names, Our Mutual Friend is a masterpiece of the all-corrupting power of wealth.

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