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Our Mutual Friend by Charles Dickens

Dickens’ last novel about the corrupting influence of money, is a biting satire of social analysis.   The multiple plots of Our Mutual Friend, twine around the miser John Harmon's legacy of profitable heaps of refuse ("dust"). Harmon dies and leaves the dustheap operation to his estranged son John, on the condition that he marry Bella Wilfer, a young woman unknown to John.  The savage economic inequality of 1860s London provides the backdrop to one of Dickens’ most sophisticated works.