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Lizzie Hexam

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A character in Dickens's Our Mutual Friend.

Lizzie Hexam

Lizzie Hexam  

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Literature
A character in Dickens's Our Mutual Friend.
Peacock, Thomas Love

Peacock, Thomas Love (1785–1866)   Reference library

Logan Delano Browning

The Oxford Reader's Companion to Dickens

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Subject Reference
Current Version:
2011
Subject:
Literature, Literary studies (19th century)
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150 words

...'s miserly financier Ebenezer McCrotchet when naming Scrooge and Bob Cratchit . In Peacock's final year, rereading much of Dickens as ‘a rest from more serious study’, he was ‘continually in fits of laughter over Pickwick ’ and said he had quite ‘fallen in love with LizzieHexam of Our Mutual Friend . Logan Delano Browning Brett-Smith, H. F. B. and Jones, C. E. (eds.), The Halliford Edition of the Works of Thomas Love Peacock , 10 vols. (1924–34; repr. 1967)....

Our Mutual Friend

Our Mutual Friend   Reference library

The Oxford Companion to English Literature (7 ed.)

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Subject Reference
Current Version:
2009
Subject:
Literature
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467 words

...assistance the scheme of a one‐legged old villain, Silas Wegg, to blackmail Boffin is exposed. This theme runs alongside the story of the love of Eugene Wrayburn, a careless young barrister, for Lizzie Hexam, daughter of a disreputable boatman. His rival for her affections, Bradley Headstone, a schoolmaster, attempts to murder Wrayburn. Wrayburn is saved by Lizzie and 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...

Spelman, Timothy

Spelman, Timothy (21 Jan 1891)   Reference library

Peggy Glanville-Hicks and Harry Haskell

The Grove Dictionary of American Music (2 ed.)

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Subject Reference
Current Version:
2013
Subject:
Music, Social sciences, Regional and Area Studies
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413 words

...the Great Pardon of St Francis from Saints’ Days . Works (selective list) Stage: Snowdrop (pantomime, 4), 1911 ; The Romance of the Rose (wordless fantasy), 1913 , rev., 1915 ; La magnifica (music drama, 1, L.L. Everett), 1920 ; The Sea Rovers (op, 3, Everett), 1924 ; Lizzie Hexam (op, 4, Spelman), 1927–9 ; The Sunken City (op, 3, Spelman), 1930 ; Babakan (fantastic comedy, 1, Everett), 1933 ; The Courtship of Miles Standish (op, 3, after H.W. Longfellow), 1941 ; Jamboree (pocket ballet), 1945 Vocal: Litany of the Middle Ages, S, female vv, orch, ...

Jews

Jews   Reference library

Robert Newsom

The Oxford Reader's Companion to Dickens

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Subject Reference
Current Version:
2011
Subject:
Literature, Literary studies (19th century)
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517 words

...Greeks. This is a bad Turk, but there are good Turks.” Not so with the Jews … they take the worst of us as samples of the best; they take the lowest of us as presentations of the highest; and they say, “All Jews are alike” ’ ( OMF 4.9). In fleeing her two would-be lovers, Lizzie Hexam in the same novel hides in the country among a small Jewish community that befriends her. And in revising Oliver Twist for the Charles Dickens Edition of 1867 , finally, Dickens eliminated or altered most of the many references to Fagin as ‘the Jew’. Robert Newsom...

Our Mutual Friend

Our Mutual Friend   Reference library

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

...of the pompous and opinionated John Podsnap , and encourage a match between her and the mean and hypocritical Fascination Fledgeby. Gaffer Hexam , falsely accused by another riverside scavenger, Rogue Riderhood , of murdering Harmon , drowns. Eugene is fascinated by Lizzie, as is her brother's schoolmaster, Bradley Headstone . When Charley Hexam and Bradley call on Eugene and reproach him for his attentions to Lizzie, Eugene infuriates them with his supercilious coolness. Wegg and the comically lugubrious bone articulator Mr Venus begin a ‘friendly move’...

sensation novels

sensation novels   Reference library

Deborah A. Thomas

The Oxford Reader's Companion to Dickens

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

...special prominence to lurid details (such as Magwitch terrifying Pip in the cemetery at the beginning of Great Expectations , Gaffer Hexam fishing for dead bodies at the opening of Our Mutual Friend , and the squalid opium den at the start of Drood ). All three works also share a concern with criminality, mystery, and false identity—recurring ideas in sensation novels of the period. Even the resourcefulness of Lizzie Hexam 's rescue of Eugene Wrayburn in Our Mutual Friend and the fearlessness of Helena Landless in Drood may owe something to the...

readership: literacy and the reading public

readership: literacy and the reading public   Reference library

Rosemarie C. Sultan

The Oxford Reader's Companion to Dickens

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Current Version:
2011
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Literature, Literary studies (19th century)
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2,020 words

...‘No one who can read, ever looks at a book, even unopened on a shelf, like one who cannot’ (1.3). In that novel literacy equals empowerment in a straightforward way: Gaffer Hexam 's unconsidered hostility to the very idea of himself or his children being taught to read is a badge of his obstinacy, of the dead hand of a past that must die to release his daughter: similarly, Lizzie Hexam 's decision to learn to read signals her passage away from the dead-end (literally) world of her father, and towards a marriage with a gentleman. In the same book Boffin's...

sexuality and gender

sexuality and gender   Reference library

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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2,233 words

...endorses Rachael's refusal to live with Stephen as man and wife. The responsibility for defending the moral high ground is placed mainly on the woman, especially where a working-class girl is pursued by an upper-class suitor who is unlikely to marry her ( see class ). Lizzie Hexam resists the persistent attentions of Eugene Wrayburn until he has reformed on the threshold of death and made heroic efforts to speak the word ‘wife’. Girls like Little Em'ly who allow themselves to be betrayed, however inexperienced they may be, have to suffer for their...

education

education   Reference library

Leon Litvack

The Oxford Reader's Companion to Dickens

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Subject Reference
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2011
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Literature, Literary studies (19th century)
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2,987 words

...‘always ready to meet the demands of retail dealers’ ( OMF 2.1); though relatively well paid, and thus reflecting the enhanced status of qualified teachers, he has a passionate temperament which proves to be his undoing. Headstone's respectability is precarious. He falls for Lizzie Hexam, but because of his obnoxious behaviour is rejected. Dickens exacerbates this feeling of injustice by positing as his rival Eugene Wrayburn—the indolent, briefless barrister, who has the benefit of a public-school education. Their confrontation serves as an indictment of the...

women and women's issues

women and women's issues   Reference library

Ella Westland

The Oxford Reader's Companion to Dickens

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

...Rosa is both kitten-like and surprisingly resilient. There are many strong portraits, comic and tragic, who do not fit the blueprints, from gruff Betsey Trotwood to sexy Dolly Varden , loyal Mrs Micawber to murderous Madame Defarge , wilful Caddy Jellyby to brave Lizzie Hexam . Nor is it the case that the territory inhabited by Dickens's fictional women is limited to the domestic hearth. As in Victorian society, women in the novels are realistically shown pursuing a great range of female employment. Some are caricatured to stand for a whole...

Dickens, Charles

Dickens, Charles   Reference library

The Oxford Encyclopedia of British Literature

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Current Version:
2006
Subject:
Literature
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7,670 words
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...wholesome but enterprising heroes nevertheless woo, wed, and achieve social mobility. Uriah Heep envies David Copperfield's social and professional success and sees himself as a rival for Agnes; in Our Mutual Friend , Bradley Headstone competes with Eugene Wrayburn for Lizzie Hexam and is maddened by Wrayburn's refusals to recognize him as a social equal; in Great Expectations , Orlick aspires to court Biddy—the rural working woman whom Pip belatedly admires—and haunts Satis House, despite Pip's consternation. Moreover, these villains conveniently...

London

London   Reference library

Andrew Sanders, Andrew Sanders, Andrew Sanders, Andrew Sanders, Paul Schlicke, David Parker, Andrew Sanders, David Parker, Andrew Sanders, Andrew Sanders, Anne Humpherys, and David Parker

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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12,756 words

...where John Chivery , after paying his toll, proposes to her ‘towards the Middlesex side’ ( LD 18). The cast-iron Vauxhall Bridge, originally called the Regent's Bridge, was opened in 1816 (replaced 1895–1906 ). It is crossed by Bradley Headstone and Charley Hexam after a visit to Lizzie, he ‘giving her his hand at parting and she thanking him for his care of her brother’ ( OMF 2.1). Andrew Sanders Chancellor, E. Beresford , The London of Charles Dickens (1924). Croad, Stephen , London's Bridges (1983). de Mare, Eric , London's Riverside...

Genders

Genders   Reference library

The Oxford Encyclopedia of Literary Theory

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Current Version:
2022
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Literature, Literary theory and cultural studies
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16,284 words

...Dominant Victorian norms of femininity polarize the angelic woman, entirely defined by her selfless love for others, and the demonic woman, who lives for herself, her interests, and her appetites. See Dickens’s Angels: middle-class Rose Maylie in Oliver Twist or poor Lizzie Hexam in Our Mutual Friend . In Hard Times , working-class Stephen is caught between his demonic wife and his angelic romantic friend, Rachel. Working-class Marion in Elizabeth Barrett-Browning’s Aurora Leigh is angelic, while in H. Rider Haggard’s King Solomon’s Mines African...

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