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What is Headstone's plan in "Our Mutual Friend"?

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Posted March 17, 2008 at 7:12 PM via web

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What is Headstone's plan in "Our Mutual Friend"?

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linda-allen | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Senior Educator

Posted March 21, 2008 at 12:59 PM (Answer #1)

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When Lizzie rejects him, Bradley Headstone becomes enraged at the other man who is attracted to her, Eugene Wrayburn. So Headstone plots to get rid of his competition. He will disguise himself as Rogue Riderhood, a notorious local outlaw, and attack and kill Wrayburn. He carries out his plan one evening when Wrayburn is returning home from visiting Lizzie. Headstone attacks Wrayburn and throws him into the river. However, Lizzie rescues him and later they marry. Headstone is not so lucky, however. The real Rogue Riderhood knows what he did confronts Headstone to blackmail him. They fight, and both men fall into the river and drown.

 

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