Charles Dickens's Our Mutual Friend

Clarendon Edition





Mr. Riah

AKA: Aaron

An old Jewish man employed by Fascination Fledgeby to act as a money lender. Riah befriends Lizzie and aids her escape from Wrayburn and Headstone. He eventually makes a home with Jenny Wren after breaking from Fledgeby. Riah was a response to Mrs Eliza Davis’s objections to the Antisemitic stereotyping of Fagin in Oliver Twist.

Fascination Fledgby and Mr. Riah







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