Euphemism and Paternalism in 'Our Mutual Friend'

Judith Barbour


The catch-cry of Mr Podsnap in Our Mutual Friend is: "The question about everything was, would it bring a blush to the cheek of the young person?" This has proved a memorable Dickensian joke, and in itself constitutes Mr Podsnap's most vivid trait. In Mr Podsnap we see and hear "the articles of a faith and school which the present chapter takes the liberty of calling, after its representative man, Podsnappery."

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