Charles Dickens's Our Mutual Friend

Clarendon Edition





Nicodemus Boffin

AKA: Nick, Noddy Boffin, 'The Golden Dustman'

Former servant of old John Harmon, he inherits Harmon's wealth when Julian Harmon is presumed drowned in the Thames. He hires Silas Wegg as a reader and Rokesmith as his secretary. Boffin and his wife Henrietty invite Bella Wilfer to live with them, and adopt a child whom they call John Harmon. Boffin may be based on Henry Dodd, an Islington Dust Contractor



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