Our Mutual Friend

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Our Mutual Friend was the fourteenth and last complete novel from Victorian author Charles Dickens, first published between 1864 and 1865.

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Have a heart that never hardens, and a temper that never tires, and a touch that never hurts.

Background. "Have a heart that never hardens, and a temper that never tires, and a touch that never hurts." is a quotation from Our Mutual Friend (Book 3, Chapter 2). Our Mutual Friend was Charles Dickens's fourteenth and last completed novel, published between 1864 and 1865.   Context. Quotation said by the character Miss Abbey Potterson. Taken from the following passage in Book 3, Chapter 2 of Our Mutual Friend: Miss Potterson was stooping to loosen the bonnet-strings of the dolls' [...]

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There are days in this life, worth life and worth death.

Background. "There are days in this life, worth life and worth death." is a quotation from Our Mutual Friend (Book 4, Chapter 4). Our Mutual Friend was Charles Dickens's fourteenth and last completed novel, published between 1864 and 1865.     Context. Taken from the following passage at the end of Book 4, Chapter 4 of Our Mutual Friend: 'Pa, dear!' cried Bella, beckoning him with her parasol to approach the side, and bending gracefully to whisper. 'Yes, my darling.' [...]

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I am under the influence of some tremendous attraction which I have resisted in vain, and which overmasters me.

Background. "I am under the influence of some tremendous attraction which I have resisted in vain, and which overmasters me." is a quotation from Our Mutual Friend (Book 2, Chapter 15). Our Mutual Friend was Charles Dickens's fourteenth and last completed novel, published between 1864 and 1865.   Context. In this quotation, Bradley Headstone declares his love to Lizzie Hexam. Taken from the following passage in Book 2, Chapter 15 of Our Mutual Friend: 'Mr Headstone, I have heard enough. [...]

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That it is a great work to have cut you away from father’s life, and to have made a new and good beginning.

Background. "That it is a great work to have cut you away from father's life, and to have made a new and good beginning." is a quotation from Our Mutual Friend (Book 1, Chapter 3). Our Mutual Friend was Charles Dickens's fourteenth and last completed novel, published between 1864 and 1865.   Context. Quotation said by the character Lizzie Hexam, speaking to her brother Charley. Lizzie gives words of encouragement to her brother Charley that it is good to break [...]

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And yet I love him. I love him so much, and so dearly, that when I sometimes think my life may be but a weary one, I am proud of it and glad of it. I am proud and glad to suffer something for him, even though it is of no service to him, and he will never know of it or care for it.

Background. "And yet I love him. I love him so much, and so dearly, that when I sometimes think my life may be but a weary one, I am proud of it and glad of it. I am proud and glad to suffer something for him, even though it is of no service to him, and he will never know of it or care for it" is a quotation from Our Mutual Friend (Book 3, Chapter 9). Our Mutual Friend [...]

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A boat of dirty and disreputable appearance, with two figures in it, floated on the Thames … as an autumn evening was closing in.

Background. "A boat of dirty and disreputable appearance, with two figures in it, floated on the Thames ... as an autumn evening was closing in" is a quotation from Our Mutual Friend (Book 1, Chapter 1). Our Mutual Friend was Charles Dickens's fourteenth and last completed novel, published between 1864 and 1865.   Context. These are the opening words of Our Mutual Friend, setting a scene of two people making a living by scavenging from the River Thames in their [...]

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No one who can read, ever looks at a book, even unopened on a shelf, like one who cannot.

Background. "No one who can read, ever looks at a book, even unopened on a shelf, like one who cannot." is a quotation from Our Mutual Friend (Book 1, Chapter 3). Our Mutual Friend was Charles Dickens's fourteenth and last completed novel, published between 1864 and 1865.     Have Your Say. Give your view on "No one who can read, ever looks at a book, even unopened on a shelf, like one who cannot." with a rating and help [...]

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I have made up my mind that I must have money, Pa. I feel that I can’t beg it, borrow it, or steal it; and so I have resolved that I must marry it.

Background. "I have made up my mind that I must have money, Pa. I feel that I can’t beg it, borrow it, or steal it; and so I have resolved that I must marry it." is a quotation from Our Mutual Friend (Book 2, Chapter 8). Our Mutual Friend was Charles Dickens's fourteenth and last completed novel, published between 1864 and 1865.     Have Your Say. Give your view on "I have made up my mind that I must [...]

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No one is useless in this world who lightens the burden of it for any one else.

Background. "No one is useless in this world who lightens the burden of it for any one else." is a quotation from Our Mutual Friend (Book 3, Chapter 9). Our Mutual Friend was Charles Dickens's fourteenth and last completed novel, published between 1864 and 1865.     Have Your Say. Give your view on "No one is useless in this world who lightens the burden of it for any one else." with a rating and help us compile the very [...]

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The train rattled among the house-tops, and among the ragged sides of houses torn down to make way for it, and over the swarming streets, and under the fruitful earth, until it shot across the river: bursting over the quiet surface like a bomb-shell, and gone again as if it had exploded in the rush of smoke and steam and glare.

Background. "The train rattled among the house-tops, and among the ragged sides of houses torn down to make way for it, and over the swarming streets, and under the fruitful earth, until it shot across the river: bursting over the quiet surface like a bomb-shell, and gone again as if it had exploded in the rush of smoke and steam and glare." is a quotation from Our Mutual Friend (Book 4, Chapter 11). Our Mutual Friend was Charles Dickens's fourteenth [...]

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Money and goods are certainly the best of references.

Background. "Money and goods are certainly the best of references." is a quotation from Our Mutual Friend (Book 1, Chapter 4). Our Mutual Friend was Charles Dickens's fourteenth and last completed novel, published between 1864 and 1865.     Have Your Say. Give your view on "Money and goods are certainly the best of references." with a rating and help us compile the very best Charles Dickens quotations.   Related. If you like this, we think you might [...]

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Love, though said to be afflicted with blindness, is a vigilant watchman.

Background. "Love, though said to be afflicted with blindness, is a vigilant watchman." is a quotation from Our Mutual Friend (Book 2, Chapter 11). Our Mutual Friend was Charles Dickens's fourteenth and last completed novel, published between 1864 and 1865.   Have Your Say. Give your view on "Love, though said to be afflicted with blindness, is a vigilant watchman." with a rating and help us compile the very best Charles Dickens quotations.   Related. If you like [...]

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