Our Mutual Friend is the last completed novel by the nineteenth century English writer Charles Dickens. The novel concerns the effect of money on human relations, and as such is an appropriate choice for Richard to read to Francis at this time. Our Mutual Friend has been described as 'detective fiction of sorts' as it revolves around murders, both real and apparent.
T.S. Eliot used a quote from Our Mutual Friend, "he do the Police in different voices", as a working title for The Waste Land, a poem that Tartt also refers to in The Secret History (see bookmark to Page 89. " I came across this passage in The Waste-Land ")