“A mist crept along the banks of the river, seen through which the trees were the ghosts of trees, and the water was the ghost of water. This earth looked spectral, and so did the pale stars: while the cold eastern glare, expressionless as to heat or colour, with the eye of the firmament quenched, might have been likened to the stare of the dead“.”from Our Mutual Friend" by Charles Dickens
“Our Mutual Friend (written in the years 1864–65) is the last novel completed by Charles Dickens and is one of his most sophisticated works, combining psychological insight with social analysis. It centres on, in the words of critic J. Hillis Miller, “money, money, money, and what money can make of life” but is also about human values. In the opening chapters a body is found in the Thames and identified as John Harmon, a young man recently returned to London to receive his inheritance. Were he alive, his father’s will would require him to marry Bella Wilfer, a beautiful, mercenary girl whom he had never met. Instead, the money passes to the working-class Boffins, and the effects spread into various corners of London society"Wiki
I’ve read the works of Dickens, each one several times and they never cease to enthrall…there is always something new to discover, even after many readings… The Story of “Our Mutual Friend” is a gripping one… even the title sends chills up your spine…as in so many of Dickens’ novels, the river is front and centre of the plot… Here I’ve painted it covered by swirling mists as it so often was, slightly sinister, but the colours of the setting sun mitigate it’s terrors…in the distance are vague shapes of trees and the Houses of Parliament..it’s London and the Thames..
Acrylic on Canvas…
The above works were inspired by the following books: “Our Mutual Friend” Charles Dickens.. “The Return of the Native” Thomas Hardy “The Heart of Darkness” Joseph Conrad “She” Rider Haggard “The Wasteland” T.S. Eliot “The Woman in White” Wilkie Collins “David Copperfield” Charles Dickens “To the North” Elizabeth Bowen
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