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Our Mutual Friend Book 2, Part 10, Chapter 16

By Charles Dickens

Book 2, Part 10, Chapter 16

An Anniversary Occasion

  • It's time to look back in on clumsy old Mr. Twemlow. He is going to attend a breakfast for the first wedding anniversary of Mr. and Mrs. Lammle.
  • Mortimer Lightwood and Eugene Wrayburn are at the breakfast, and someone named Tippins asks Lightwood to tell everyone the latest news. Mortimer resists, but eventually Eugene gets him to say what's up.
  • The word around town is that Lizzie Hexam has completely vanished, without telling anyone where she's gone. The news has understandably upset Eugene.
  • When breakfast is finished, Mrs. Lammle takes Mr. Twemlow off to the side and asks him to do her a favor. She confesses that she and her husband have been scheming to get Georgiana Podsnap married to Fledgeby, even though Fledgeby is a total goon.
  • It sounds like Fledgeby will give Alfred Lammle a cut of Georgiana's fortune once Fledgeby has taken control of it.
  • Mrs. Lammle has gotten too attached to Georgiana to ruin her life, so she asks Mr. Twemlow to expose the whole thing to Mr. Podsnap, whose insane pride will immediately make him cut all ties with Lammle and Fledgeby.