John Harmon, the heir to the Harmon estate discovers that his father's will requires him to marry Bella Wilfer, a woman whom he's never met, in order to claim his inheritance. But, when the body of a young man is found in the River Thames, his papers identify him as the heir to the Harmon estate, and Bella's hopes to marry into riches are diminished, and she's then pursued by a mysterious John Rokesmith.
What will happen to the inheritance and will it change people's lives for better or worse? What will become of Bella, the girl the dead man was supposed to marry? And what is the mysterious Mr. Rokesmith hiding?
Dickens' final book warns of the corrupting effects of money and ambition, set among the high society of Victorian London. It is full of colorful characters and exciting plot twists. Strangely, the original manuscript of this book had to be rescued from the remains of a train crash in which Dickens was involved.
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That Old Dickens!
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