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For the love of furniture

02 Sep

I’m still thinking about Pyotr Petrovich Luzhin in Part V, chapter 1.  I’m past the “black snake of wounded vanity” part and have moved on to a quote that reminded me of a character from a previous novel.

Luzhin is irritated.  He paid for his newlywed apartment (which he no longer needs) to be redecorated and the owner won’t let him break the contract, so he’s out the full amount.

Then…

       In the same way the upholsterers refused to return a single rouble of the instalment paid for the furniture purchased but not yet removed to the flat.
Am I to get married simply for the sake of the furniture?”

That last line reminded me someone.

Can you guess?

Do you remember Mr. Bumble?  The beadle in Oliver Twist?

Beadle Mr. Bumble did get married for the furniture, the silverware, and the hopes of a more prestigious position.  But marrying Mrs. Corney didn’t turn out quite as well as he hoped.

Ah, the good old days of workhouses and orphans.

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Posted by on September 2, 2012 in Crime and Punishment, Oliver Twist

 

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