Our Mutual Friend Irony

Our Mutual Friend Irony

No food – no guests

The author writes that the Veneerings’ dinners are excellent, otherwise “new people wouldn't come.” The author ironically shows the Veneerings’ status in their society – people “appreciate” not them, their company, but just their dinners.

Experiments with food

The author ironically writes thatLady Tippins has made a series of experiments on her digestive functions, so extremely complicated and daring, that if they could be published with their results it might benefit the human race. Having taken in provisions from all parts of the world, this hardy old cruiser has last touched at the North Pole…” This irony shows the reader the author’s attitude to this woman and to people like her in general: their appetite is actually avarice, which is condemned by the author.

Precious barrister

Once Eugene says that his profession was forced upon him, “because it was understood that we wanted a barrister in the family. We have got a precious one.” Thus he highlights that he really doesn’t like his profession.

A widow who has never been married

Bella often cries about her fate: “The idea of being a kind of a widow, and never having been married! And the idea of being as poor as ever after all, and going into black, besides, for a man I never saw, and should have hated – as far as HE was concerned – if I had seen!” The author ironically shows the fate of this character, meanwhile showing that she is not sad of her state, but just angry.

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