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Our Mutual Friend Book 2, Part 9, Chapter 11

By Charles Dickens

Book 2, Part 9, Chapter 11

Some Affairs of the Heart

  • Back at the schoolhouse, Miss Peecher wonders why Bradley Headstone has been acting so strangely. She figures out that he must be in love with Lizzie Hexam, and the realization practically crushes her.
  • Meanwhile, Headstone pays a visit to Lizzie's house. But once again, he gets Jenny Wren for company instead. Lizzie isn't around and he'll have to wait.
  • Headstone announces that he has come to offer Lizzie his services as a personal instructor. Lizzie turns him down, though, and he figures that the only reason can be Eugene Wrayburn. In case you didn't know, Bradley Headstone hates Eugene Wrayburn more than anyone in the world.
  • In the end, Headstone knows he's beat. But before he leaves, he gets Lizzie to promise to hear him out once more at a later time. He says he needs to tell her something, but can't just yet.
  • Once Headstone is gone, Jenny Wren asks Lizzie is she likes Eugene Wrayburn. But Lizzie plays it cool and acts all na├»ve, saying she's never thought about it. Which in Dickens' time was a not-so-subtle way of saying, "I think about it all the time."