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Wilfer family

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Characters in Dickens's Our Mutual Friend.

Wilfer family

Wilfer family  

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Characters in Dickens's Our Mutual Friend.
Roderich Paesold GbR

Roderich Paesold GbR   Reference library

Christian H. Hoyer

The Grove Dictionary of Musical Instruments (2 ed.)

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Subject Reference
Current Version:
2015
Subject:
Music
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305 words

...with Paesold included Richard Grünke, Franz Schuster, Harald Wonner, and also the violin makers Reinhold Schnabl and Bruno Wilfer, since string instrument production was added when Paesold was taken over by W. Schreiber und Söhne in 1968. In 1981 Schreiber was integrated into the Boosey & Hawkes group, which dissolved in 2004. Since then, as part of the Karl Höfner company the Paesold workshop, now in Baiersdorf, has returned to family ownership. The Karl Höfner violin and guitar company was founded in Schoenbach and was also moved to Bubenreuth after World...

sexuality and gender

sexuality and gender   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)
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2,233 words

... Mary hogarth and Georgina hogarth did—yet Ruth Pinch 's coy behaviour to her brother, Bella Wilfer 's flirtation with her father, Mr Dombey 's response to his daughter, and Mr Peggotty 's extravagant love for his niece sometimes play too close for comfort around the boundary with incest. The lack of sexual attractiveness in Dickens's male characters is a matter that has caused little comment. The men provided as rewards for good women— Bella Wilfer 's John Harmon and Ruth Pinch 's John Westlock —are as unremarkable as their plain names. The...

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

...and frustrating. Between 1860 and 1861 Dickens chose his title and discussed with Forster ideas which he recorded in his Book of Memoranda . These included a number of names used in the book—Podsnap, Lightwood, Riderhood, Wegg, Boffin, Headstone, Lammle, Twemlow, and Wilfer—and plot notions which he was to develop—a man ‘feigned to be dead, and being dead to all intents and purposes external to himself’; ‘a poor imposter of a man marrying a woman for her money; she marrying him for his money; after marriage both finding out their mistake, and...

Ternan, Ellen Lawless

Ternan, Ellen Lawless (1839–1914)   Reference library

Michael Slater

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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1,710 words

...further and further from him’ ( The Life of Charles Dickens , 1935 , p. 281). He began a reductively simplicistic tradition in Dickens criticism of seeing Nelly as the model for the novelist's later heroines, especially Pip's tormenting Estella in Great Expectations and Bella Wilfer in Our Mutual Friend in her ‘mercenary little woman’ phase. This approach was developed by Edmund wilson , most influentially in his seminal ‘Two Scrooges’ essay in The Wound and the Bow ( 1941 ) and appears also, in a somewhat more tentative form, in Edgar Johnson 's...

Dickens, Charles

Dickens, Charles   Reference library

The Oxford Encyclopedia of British Literature

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2006
Subject:
Literature
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7,670 words
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... neatly spares five daughters the consequences of entail while providing the lively heroine with an appropriate mate. Although such blessings inevitably accompany Dickensian romance, he always tried to qualify the prospect of financial or social blessing for his lovers. Bella Wilfer , for instance, must prove her love for John Harmon by marrying him in exceedingly modest circumstances; yet this rite of passage becomes an artificial “trial” because, to her surprise, by marrying him she turns out to have acquired the very same fortune for which she had...

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

Reference type:
Subject Reference
Current Version:
2011
Subject:
Literature, Literary studies (19th century)
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12,756 words

...and columns. This is the wall circuited by the Uncommercial Traveller in ‘Night Walks’, thinking of ‘the treasure within’ and of ‘the guard of soldiers passing the night there’ (the soldiers had been stationed there nightly since the Gordon Riots). The mercenary Bella Wilfer , glancing at ‘the mighty bank’, also thinks ‘how agreeable it would be to have an hour's gardening there, with a bright copper shovel’. Although the Bank of England had lost its old monopoly with the formation of joint-stock banks under Acts of Parliament passed in 1826 and ...

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