Charles Dickens: Our Mutual Friend (abridged)

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Charles Dickens: Our Mutual Friend (abridged)

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3rd March 2008




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Charles Dickens: Our Mutual Friend (abridged)

Read by David Timson

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Out of the dust-heaps and dirty streets of mid-Victorian London Dickens creates a classic murder-mystery tale. A dead man is fished out of the Thames by a scavenger and his daughter. Who is he, and how did he get there? His death affects members of all levels of a society permeated by greed. Dickens presents an array of characters both touching and humorous from Mr. Boffin, the ‘Golden’ Dustman, to Jenny Wren the lame doll’s dress-maker. It is a story enriched by disguise and intrigue, whilst the River Thames, symbolising both polluted and renewed life weaves through it all, in this, the last novel Dickens completed.

Charles Dickens: Our Mutual Friend (abridged)

On the Look Out

The Man from Somewhere

The Veneering dinners are excellent dinners…

Another Man

'Am I to show the way?'

There being nothing more to be done…

The R. Wilfur Family

The young lady's lamentations were checked…

Boffin's Bower

'Now Weg,' said Mr. Boffin, hugging his stick closer…

The Bower was as difficult to find as Fair Rosamond's…

Cut Adrift

The relief of hearing what she felt sure was a false suspicion…

Mr. Wegg Looks After Himself

Having so held and waved the candle…

Mr. Boffin in Consultation

The worthy Mr. Boffin jogged away…

Mr. and Mrs. Boffin in Consultation

'Oh-h!' said Mrs. Wilfur

A Marriage Contract

Ceremony performed, register signed…

The Sweat of an Honest Man's Brow

'Now,' began Lightwood, 'what's your name?'

There was a silence…

Tracking the Bird of Prey

He could see the light of the fire…

The Bird of Prey Brought Down

'Hand me over those spare sculls of yours...'

Two New Servants

A gloomy house the Bower.

Mr. Wegg (who had had nothing else in his mind)…

Minders and Reminders

She was one of those women, was Mrs. Betty Higden…

This piece of business thus put in train…

A Dismal Swamp

Of an Educational Character

The boy knocked at a door…

'Charley! You!'

The master and the pupil walked on…

Still Educational

Then he fell to talking playfully with Jenny Wren…

A Riddle Without an Answer

Very remarkably, neither Eugene Wrayburn nor Bradley…

'You think me of no more value than the dirt…'

In Which a Friendly Move is Originated

The palm of Silas Wegg descends with a sounding smack…

In Which an Innocent Elopement Occurs

'Ma,' said Bella, angrily, 'you force me to say…'

Back came her father, more like a boy than ever…

In Which the Orphan Makes His Will

But on the way down they had stopped at a toy shop…

A Successor

Some Affairs of the Heart

The dolls' dressmaker sat with her attitude unchanged…

More Birds of Prey

The visitor first held the bottle…

A Solo and a Duet

'Now I pass to sick and deranged impressions…'

Arriving at the house, he found that Mr. and Mrs. Boffin were out.

Strong of Purpose

The Whole Case So Far

The powdered mortar from under the stone…

An Anniversary Occasion

A Happy Return of the Day

'But what,' said Bella, as she watched the carving…

The Golden Dustman Falls into Bad Company

Somehow, Bella was not so well pleased…

'I don’t mind telling you, Sophronia…'

The Golden Dustman Falls into Worse Company

Mr. Wegg and Mr. Venus looked at one another…

The instant Mr. Boffin was on the other side of the door…

The Friendly Move Takes up a Strong Position

Mr. Wegg thereupon made an easy, graceful movement…

The End of a Long Journey

She was gone out of the Lock-house…

Somebody Becomes the Subject of a Prediction

But for all that, they had a very pleasant walk.

'You know all now,' said Lizzie…

Scouts Out

Eugene came back…

In the Dark

Bradley Headstone's face had changed…

Meaning Mischief

Mr. Wegg Prepares a Grindstone for Mr. Boffin's Nose

'Thank'ee, Venus!' said Mr. Boffin…

With this agreable promise, Wegg stumped out…

The Golden Dustman at His Worst

'Our connexion being at an end, Mr. Boffin…'

John Rokesmith from his place in the room…

The Feast of the Three Hobgoblins

'We'll break it to you gently, dearest Pa…'

A Social Chorus

Setting Traps

The Golden Dustman Rises a Little

The Golden Dustman Sinks Again

A Runaway Match

Concerning the Mendicant's Bride

A Cry for Help

She had not been prepared for such passionate expressions…

Looking above, he found that the young moon was up…

Better to be Abel than Cain

He was a better follower than Bradley…

Two Places Vacated

The Dolls' Dressmaker Discovers a Word

But the watchful little dressmaker…

Effect is Given to the Doll’s Dressmaker's Discovery

They started directly, in a little carriage…

The Passing Shadow

A twilight calm of happiness then succeeding…

The three persons were Miss Abbey and two male guests.

Showing How the Golden Dustman Helped to Scatter Dust

With a start, Bella directed a hurried glance…

Checkmate to the Friendly Move

Wegg had repeated the word with a sneer…

What was Caught in the Traps that were Set

Not until the late daylight made the window transparent…

Persons and Things in General

The Voice of Society

Publisher’s Weekly

“David Timson reads Dickens’s last complete novel with a sense of fun...[His] dramatic talents add dimension to each personality – just the sort of acting that makes an audio experience so satisfying. Naxos has done a fine job of abridging the book...This is a wonderful listen for Dickens fans and novices alike.”

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