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Higden, Mrs Betty

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A character in Dickens's Our Mutual Friend.

Higden, Mrs Betty

Higden, Mrs Betty  

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A character in Dickens's Our Mutual Friend.
Our Mutual Friend

Our Mutual Friend  

A novel by Dickens, published in monthly parts between May 1864 and Nov. 1865.John Harmon returns from the exile to which he has been sent by a harsh father, a rich dust‐contractor; he expects to ...
Our Mutual Friend

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The Concise Oxford Companion to English Literature (4 ed.)

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Current Version:
2013
Subject:
Literature
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352 words

...to light. Among the notable characters in the book are the Veneerings, types of social parvenus; the good Jew Riah; the blackmailing waterside villain Rogue Riderhood; Jenny Wren, the dolls' dressmaker; Bella Wilfer's grotesque father, mother, and sister; and the spirited Betty Higden, an old woman haunted by dread of the...

Our Mutual Friend

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The Oxford Companion to English Literature (7 ed.)

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Current Version:
2009
Subject:
Literature
Length:
467 words

...marries her. Among the notable characters in the book are the Veneerings, types of social parvenus; the good Jew Riah; the blackmailing waterside villain Rogue Riderhood; Jenny Wren, the dolls' dressmaker; Bella Wilfer's grotesque father, mother, and sister; and the spirited Betty Higden, an old woman haunted by dread of the workhouse. Many early reviewers agreed with Henry James , who found the novel ‘forced’ and ‘wanting in inspiration’, but later critics (including Humphry House and Edmund Wilson ) have praised it highly, stressing in particular the...

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Andrew Sanders

The Oxford Reader's Companion to Dickens

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2011
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Literature, Literary studies (19th century)
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988 words

...on Bumble's official buttons. The workhouse in which Old Nandy is confined ‘has been appointed by law to be the Good Samaritan of his district’ ( LD 1.31). Gradgrind is glimpsed ‘proving … probably, in the main, that the Good Samaritan was a Bad Economist’ ( HT 2.12). When Betty Higden endeavours to escape from an uncomfortable death in the workhouse the narrator remarks of the Poor Law bureaucracy that ‘It is a remarkable Christian improvement, to have made a pursuing Fury of the Good Samaritan’ ( OMF 3.8). Dickens's quotations from the Epistles are less...

women and women's issues

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Ella Westland

The Oxford Reader's Companion to Dickens

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Current Version:
2011
Subject:
Literature, Literary studies (19th century)
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2,325 words

...OMF ; MED ). More memorable, though still merged with their occupations, are the drunken midwife Mrs Gamp ( MC ), the landladies Mrs Bardell ( PP ) and Mrs Crupp ( DC ), and the innkeepers, motherly Mrs Lupin ( MC ) and disciplinarian Miss Abbey Potterson ( OMF ). Other trades are followed by highly individualized characters: Rachael's factory work ( HT ), Madame Mantalini's dressmaking ( NN ), Little Em'ly's sewing for an undertaker ( DC ), Betty Higden's home laundry ( OMF ), Miss Mowcher's chiropody and hairdressing ( DC ), Jenny Wren's doll's...

Our Mutual Friend

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Paul Schlicke

The Oxford Reader's Companion to Dickens

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Current Version:
2011
Subject:
Literature, Literary studies (19th century)
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3,079 words

...Harmon's disguise is uncovered, and Mr Boffin reveals to Bella that his miserliness was pretence to educate her away from mercenary aspirations. In Betty Higden , who runs away with funeral money sewn into her dress to avoid a pauper burial, Dickens works a reprise on his Poor Law satire in Oliver Twist ( see poor relief ). In Podsnap he ridicules John Bullish insularity and sanctimoniousness. Mrs Wilfer is one of the most comic of a long line of Dickensian termagents, and the ‘innocent elopement’ of Bella on an outing with her father displays...

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Green's Dictionary of Slang

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Current Version:
2011
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Language reference
Length:
6,204 words

.... The word is also allied to a variety of terms meaning protuberance or swelling, typically bump ; a cit. c. 1650 referring to a cure for syphilis, includes the posterior and genital area] 1 ( also bumb , bumbum , bumm ) the posterior, buttocks, anus, rectum. 1363 R. Higden Polychronicon VI in Trevisa (trans.) Ch. I line 27: At God hys ordenauns […] he hadde þat hatte fyches [piles]. It semeth that his bom is oute that hath that euel. 1514 Skelton Agenst Garnesche iii line 62: Ye wolde have bassyd hyr bumme. c. 1551 Tom Tyler and his...

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