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Our Mutual Friend Book 3, Part 12, Chapter 6

By Charles Dickens

Book 3, Part 12, Chapter 6

The Golden Dustman Falls Into Worse Company

  • We look back in on Silas Wegg, who's been living for free in Boffin's old house and not doing much of anything. Or at least that's what it looks like. He and his buddy Mr. Venus have been searching the place from top to bottom looking for something of value.
  • One evening, Wegg and Venus are hanging out when Boffin shows up, looking for Wegg to read to him. He's okay with Mr. Venus sitting in on the reading.
  • Boffin seems too agitated to sit still for long, so he gets up and leaves the house. Once he's gone, Venus tells Wegg that he's fed up with searching. They've found nothing and Venus doesn't think they ever will. But at this moment, Wegg tells him that he has found something out in the old dust mounds behind the house.
  • At this moment, Venus and Wegg realize that Mr. Boffin has gone out to the dust mounds.
  • Wegg is worried that Boffin will dig up the box that he (Wegg) has found. But instead, Boffin climbs to the top of one of the mounds and digs up an old bottle, which he carries away. Wegg figures that whatever it is, it must be valuable. He tries to run out and take it from Boffin by force, by Mr. Venus thinks it's a bad idea.
  • The guy tackles Wegg and the two of them wrestle on the floor while Boffin gets away.