Our Mutual Friend Short Essay - Answer Key

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1. Why is the river important to Jessie Hexam?

The Thames River is the source of Jessie Hexam's income as he fishes out dead bodies from it and makes money for doing so.

2. Describe the social situation at the Veneering party in Book 1, Chapter 2.

The Veneerings have a dinner party at their new house in London. However, their guests do not know them well as one of the mistakes Twemlow for Mr. Veneering. Another guest, Mortimer Lightwood, tells a story of a man whose rich father died leaving him a lot of money if he married a certain girl. Lightwood then gets a note saying that the man has drowned.

3. What does Lightwood discover when he goes to find the sender of the note in Book 1, Chapter 3?

Lightwood meets the boy who sent the message. His name is Charley Hexam and he is the son of Jesse Hexam who discovered the body. He notices the dead man does not have any money.

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