How old is Mr. Bounderby?

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Mr. Bounderby's age is alluded to in Chapter 4 of the novel. Dickens writes that Mr. Bounderby "looked older; his seven or eight and forty might have had the seven or eight added to it again, without surprising anybody."

This is a rather roundabout way of saying that Mr. Bounderby is 47 or 48 years old, as indicated by, "his seven or eight and forty." Dickens also writes, however, that Mr. Bounderby looked perhaps 54 or 55 years old, as his appearance would have caused people guessing...

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