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Our Mutual Friend Book 4, Part 18, Chapter 10

By Charles Dickens

Book 4, Part 18, Chapter 10

The Dolls' Dressmaker Discovers a Word

  • We look in on Eugene Wrayburn, who lies on the edge of death. Jenny has arrived to be at his side. The guy has barely moved since she got there.
  • Eugene tells Mortimer that it was Bradley Headstone who attacked him. But here's the thing. Eugene wants Mortimer to promise that the police will never pursue Headstone for the crime. The scandal would drag Lizzie's name through the mud and ruin her life, and Eugene doesn't want to see that happen.
  • For the next few days, Eugene drifts in and out of consciousness, repeating Lizzie's name. Eventually, Mortimer learns from Jenny that Eugene's dying wish is to be married to Lizzie, even though the marriage will only last a few hours before he dies.
  • By the end of the chapter, Lizzie has appeared and taken her place at Eugene's bedside.