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By Charles Dickens

The vintage tale of a tender boy who seeks his fortune at the streets of London. After Oliver Twist asks nasty Mr Bumble for extra meals, he has to escape the workhouse for the streets of London. right here he meets the crafty Dodger, who leads him to Fagin and his gang of pickpockets. while a thieving project is going unsuitable, Oliver narrowly avoids legal and reveals himself within the care of sort Mr Brownlow. yet Fagin and the brutal invoice Sikes move looking for the younger orphan, made up our minds to pull him again . . . With an inspirational and light-hearted creation via Garth Nix, Oliver Twist via Charles Dickens is without doubt one of the twelve fantastic vintage tales being relaunched in Puffin Classics in March 2008.

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Oliver lingered no longer, but meekly followed his new mistress. 4 Oliver was awakened in the morning, by a loud kicking at the outside of the shop-door. When he began to undo the chain, the legs desisted, and a voice began. ’ cried the voice which belonged to the legs which had kicked at the door. ‘I will, directly, sir,’ replied Oliver, undoing the chain, and turning the key. ’ said the voice through the keyhole. ‘Yes, sir,’ replied Oliver. ’ inquired the voice. ‘Ten, sir,’ replied Oliver. ’ and having made this obliging promise, the voice began to whistle.

Said Mr Limbkins. ‘Compose yourself, Bumble, and answer me distinctly. ’ ‘He did, sir,’ replied Bumble. ’ Nobody controverted the prophetic gentleman’s opinion. An animated discussion took place. Oliver was ordered into instant confinement; and a bill was next morning pasted on the outside of the gate, offering a reward of five pounds to anybody who would take Oliver Twist off the hands of the parish. In other words, five pounds and Oliver Twist were offered to any man or woman who wanted an apprentice to any trade, business, or calling.

The medical gentleman walked away to dinner; and the nurse, having once more applied herself to the green bottle, sat down on a low chair before the fire, and proceeded to dress the infant. 2 The parish authorities resolved that Oliver should be ‘farmed’, or, in other words, that he should be dispatched to a branch-workhouse some three miles off, where twenty or thirty other juvenile offenders against the poor-laws rolled about the floor all day, without the inconvenience of too much food or too much clothing, under the parental superintendence of an elderly female who received the culprits at and for the consideration of sevenpence-halfpenny per small head per week.

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