Our Mutual Friend Imagery

Our Mutual Friend Imagery

Everything new

The author uses this method in describing of Mr and Mrs Veneering: they “were bran-new people in a bran-new house in a bran-new quarter of London. Everything about the Veneerings was spick and span new. All their furniture was new, all their friends were new, all their servants were new,…their pictures were new, they themselves were new, they were as newly married as was lawfully compatible with their having a bran-new baby, and if they had set up a great-grandfather, he would have come home in matting from the Pantechnicon, without a scratch upon him, French polished to the crown of his head.” Thus he highlights both their wealth and their desire to show everybody their money.

Offensive poverty

The author vividly shows how Bella Wilfer treats her family’s financial status: “Those ridiculous points would have been smoothed away by the money, for I love money, and want money--want it dreadfully. I hate to be poor, and we are degradingly poor, offensively poor, miserably poor, beastly poor.” Her words show the reader Bella’s thirst for money, her avarice.

Cabbage-leaf embracing a rasher of ham

The author vividly describes everyday life of the Wilfers: Mr Wilfer “soon returned, bearing the same in a fresh cabbage-leaf, where it coyly embraced a rasher of ham. Melodious sounds were not long in rising from the frying-pan on the fire, or in seeming, as the firelight danced in the mellow halls of a couple of full bottles on the table, to play appropriate dance-music.” The author intentionally describes everything in such details: showing how carefully the family “treated” their meal, he shows their poverty.

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