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Our Mutual Friend Book 3, Part 14, Chapter 13

By Charles Dickens

Book 3, Part 14, Chapter 13

Give a Dog a Bad Name, and Hang Him

  • Back at his business office, Fledgeby wanders around with nothing to do. Eventually, Miss Jenny Wren shows up to buy some scrap fabric off of Mr. Riah, which she uses for making her dolls' dresses.
  • Jenny decides to wait until Mr. Riah gets back. In the meantime, Mr. Twemlow shows up. When Mr. Riah gets in, Twemlow asks for an extension on his current loan payment. But a quick glance from Fledgeby tells Riah to reject the request for mercy.
  • Riah looks so cruel in doing this that Jenny Wren runs off, calling him a villain. Meanwhile, it looks like Twemlow is going to be ruined. Fledgeby even pretends to argue his case with Riah, but he secretly tells Riah to reject any pleas for mercy.