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Our Mutual Friend Book 4, Part 16, Chapter 4

By Charles Dickens

Book 4, Part 16, Chapter 4

A Runaway Match

  • Mr. Wilfer sneaks out of bed without waking his wife and joins his daughter Bella before leaving the house. Before long, they meet up with John Rokesmith.
  • Bella gives John a letter to mail to her mother. The letter says that she (Bella) and John have gotten married. It looks like they don't plan on having Mrs. Wilfer present at the wedding. The letter also says nothing about Mr. Wilfer being there.
  • Before you know it, Rokesmith and Bella are husband and wife. You may now kiss the bride, blah blah blah. It's a sealed deal. Now comes the hard part: facing Mrs. Wilfer's wrath.