Our mutual friend
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Our mutual friend

By Charles Dickens
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This is an OCR edition with typos. Excerpt from book: a snore, by dexterously shunting a train of plates and dishes at her knuckles across the table; when everybody but Mortimer himself becomes aware that the Analytical Chemist is, in a ghostly manner, offering him a folded paper. Curiosity detains Mrs. Veneering a few moments. Mortimer, in spite of all the arts-of the chemist, placidly refreshes himself with a glass of Madeira, and remains unconscious of the document which engrosses the general attention, until Lady 'Pippins (who has a habit of waking totally insensible), having remembered where she is, and recovered a perception of surrounding objects, says: " Falser man than Don Juan; why don't you take the note from the Commendatorc ?" Upon which, the chemist advances it under the nose of Mortimer, who looks round at him, and says: " What's this ? " Analytical Chemist bonds and whispers. " Who f " says Mortimer. Analytical Chemist again bends and whispers. Mortimer stares at him, and unfolds the paper. Reads it, reads it twice, turns it over to look at the blank outside, reads it a third time. " This arrives in an extraordinarily opportune manner," says Mortimer then, looking with an altered face round the table: " this is the conclusion of the story of the identical man." " Already married ? " one guesses. " Declines to marry ? " another guesses. " Codicil among the dust ? " another guesses. " Why, no," says Mortimer; " remarkable thing, yon are all wrong. The story is completer and rather more exciting than I supposed. Man's drowned !" CHAPTER III. ANOTHER MAN. As the disappearing skirts of the ladies ascended the Veneering staircase, Mortimer, following them forth from the dining-room, turned into a library of bran-new books, in bran-new bindings liberally gilded, and requested to see ...

Table of Contents
  • OUR MUTUAL FRIEND
  • Charles Dickens
  • BOOK THE FIRST — THE CUP AND THE LIP
  • Chapter 1
    • ON THE LOOK OUT
  • Chapter 2
    • THE MAN FROM SOMEWHERE
  • Chapter 3
    • ANOTHER MAN
  • Chapter 4
    • THE R. WILFER FAMILY
  • Chapter 5
    • BOFFIN'S BOWER
  • Chapter 6
    • CUT ADRIFT
  • Chapter 7
    • MR WEGG LOOKS AFTER HIMSELF
  • Chapter 8
    • MR BOFFIN IN CONSULTATION
  • Chapter 9
    • MR AND MRS BOFFIN IN CONSULTATION
  • Chapter 10
    • A MARRIAGE CONTRACT
  • Chapter 11
    • PODSNAPPERY
  • Chapter 12
    • THE SWEAT OF AN HONEST MAN'S BROW
  • Chapter 13
    • TRACKING THE BIRD OF PREY
  • Chapter 14
    • THE BIRD OF PREY BROUGHT DOWN
  • Chapter 15
    • TWO NEW SERVANTS
  • Chapter 16
    • MINDERS AND RE-MINDERS
  • Chapter 17
    • A DISMAL SWAMP
  • BOOK THE SECOND — BIRDS OF A FEATHER
  • Chapter 1
    • OF AN EDUCATIONAL CHARACTER
  • Chapter 2
    • STILL EDUCATIONAL
  • Chapter 3
    • A PIECE OF WORK
  • Chapter 4
    • CUPID PROMPTED
  • Chapter 5
    • MERCURY PROMPTING
  • Chapter 6
    • A RIDDLE WITHOUT AN ANSWER
  • Chapter 7
    • IN WHICH A FRIENDLY MOVE IS ORIGINATED
  • Chapter 8
    • IN WHICH AN INNOCENT ELOPEMENT OCCURS
  • Chapter 9
    • IN WHICH THE ORPHAN MAKES HIS WILL
  • Chapter 10
    • A SUCCESSOR
  • Chapter 11
    • SOME AFFAIRS OF THE HEART
  • Chapter 12
    • MORE BIRDS OF PREY
  • Chapter 13
    • A SOLO AND A DUETT
  • Chapter 14
    • STRONG OF PURPOSE
  • Chapter 15
    • THE WHOLE CASE SO FAR
  • Chapter 16
    • AN ANNIVERSARY OCCASION
  • BOOK THE THIRD — A LONG LANE
  • Chapter 1
    • LODGERS IN QUEER STREET
  • Chapter 2
    • A RESPECTED FRIEND IN A NEW ASPECT
  • Chapter 3
    • THE SAME RESPECTED FRIEND IN MORE ASPECTS THAN ONE
  • Chapter 4
    • A HAPPY RETURN OF THE DAY
  • Chapter 5
    • THE GOLDEN DUSTMAN FALLS INTO BAD COMPANY
  • Chapter 6
    • THE GOLDEN DUSTMAN FALLS INTO WORSE COMPANY
  • Chapter 7
    • THE FRIENDLY MOVE TAKES UP A STRONG POSITION
  • Chapter 8
    • THE END OF A LONG JOURNEY
  • Chapter 9
    • SOMEBODY BECOMES THE SUBJECT OF A PREDICTION
  • Chapter 10
    • SCOUTS OUT
  • Chapter 11
    • IN THE DARK
  • Chapter 12
    • MEANING MISCHIEF
  • Chapter 13
    • GIVE A DOG A BAD NAME, AND HANG HIM
  • Chapter 14
    • MR WEGG PREPARES A GRINDSTONE FOR MR BOFFIN'S NOSE
  • Chapter 15
    • THE GOLDEN DUSTMAN AT HIS WORST
  • Chapter 16
    • THE FEAST OF THE THREE HOBGOBLINS
  • Chapter 17
    • A SOCIAL CHORUS
  • BOOK THE FOURTH — A TURNING
  • Chapter 1
    • SETTING TRAPS
  • Chapter 2
    • THE GOLDEN DUSTMAN RISES A LITTLE
  • Chapter 3
    • THE GOLDEN DUSTMAN SINKS AGAIN
  • Chapter 4
    • A RUNAWAY MATCH
  • Chapter 5
    • CONCERNING THE MENDICANT'S BRIDE
  • Chapter 6
    • A CRY FOR HELP
  • Chapter 7
    • BETTER TO BE ABEL THAN CAIN
  • Chapter 8
    • A FEW GRAINS OF PEPPER
  • Chapter 9
    • TWO PLACES VACATED
  • Chapter 10
    • THE DOLLS' DRESSMAKER DISCOVERS A WORD
  • Chapter 11
    • EFFECT IS GIVEN TO THE DOLLS' DRESSMAKER'S DISCOVERY
  • Chapter 12
    • THE PASSING SHADOW
  • Chapter 13
    • SHOWING HOW THE GOLDEN DUSTMAN HELPED TO SCATTER DUST
  • Chapter 14
    • CHECKMATE TO THE FRIENDLY MOVE
  • Chapter 15
    • WHAT WAS CAUGHT IN THE TRAPS THAT WERE SET
  • Chapter 16
    • PERSONS AND THINGS IN GENERAL
  • Chapter 17
    • THE VOICE OF SOCIETY
  • POSTSCRIPT
    • IN LIEU OF PREFACE
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