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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Love is in all things a most wonderful teacher.

Background. "Love is in all things a most wonderful teacher." is a quotation from Our Mutual Friend (Book 4, Chapter 11). Our Mutual Friend was Charles Dickens's fourteenth and last completed novel, published between 1864 and 1865.   Context. Taken from the following opening passage in Book 4, Chapter 11 of Our Mutual Friend: Mrs John Rokesmith sat at needlework in her neat little room, beside a basket of neat little articles of clothing, which presented so much of the [...]

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The whole metropolis was a heap of vapour charged with muffled sound of wheels, and enfolding a gigantic catarrh.

Background. "The whole metropolis was a heap of vapour charged with muffled sound of wheels, and enfolding a gigantic catarrh." is a quotation from Our Mutual Friend (Book 3, Chapter 1). Our Mutual Friend was Charles Dickens's fourteenth and last completed novel, published between 1864 and 1865.   Context. Quotation describing the dirty polluted foggy atmosphere of industrial London. Taken from the following passage in Book 3, Chapter 1 of Our Mutual Friend: It was a foggy day in London, [...]

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A sobbing gaslight in the counting-house window, and a burglarious stream of fog creeping in to strangle it through the keyhole of the main door.

Background. "A sobbing gaslight in the counting-house window, and a burglarious stream of fog creeping in to strangle it through the keyhole of the main door." is a quotation from Our Mutual Friend (Book 3, Chapter 1). Our Mutual Friend was Charles Dickens's fourteenth and last completed novel, published between 1865.   Context. Quotation describing the dirty polluted foggy atmosphere of industrial London. Taken from the following passage in Book 3, Chapter 1 of Our Mutual Friend: It was a [...]

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Inanimate London was a sooty spectre, divided in purpose between being visible and invisible, and so being wholly neither.

Background. "Inanimate London was a sooty spectre, divided in purpose between being visible and invisible, and so being wholly neither." is a quotation from Our Mutual Friend (Book 3, Chapter 1). Our Mutual Friend was Charles Dickens's fourteenth and last completed novel, published between 1865.   Context. Quotation describing the dirty polluted foggy atmosphere of industrial London. Taken from the following passage in Book 3, Chapter 1 of Our Mutual Friend: It was a foggy day in London, and the [...]

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Animate London, with smarting eyes and irritated lungs, was blinking, wheezing, and choking.

Background. "Animate London, with smarting eyes and irritated lungs, was blinking, wheezing, and choking." is a quotation from Our Mutual Friend (Book 3, Chapter 1). Our Mutual Friend was Charles Dickens's fourteenth and last completed novel, published between 1865.   Context. Quotation describing the dirty polluted foggy atmosphere of industrial London. Taken from the following passage in Book 3, Chapter 1 of Our Mutual Friend: It was a foggy day in London, and the fog was heavy and dark. Animate [...]

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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 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' dressmaker. She [...]

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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 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.' 'Did I [...]

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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 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. Let me [...]

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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 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 away from [...]

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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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