Oliver Twist
by Charles Dickens

Oliver Twist was Dickens' second novel. It tells the story of the orphan Oliver set against the seamy underside of the London criminal world. As was normal with Dickens' novels, it was serialised and published in monthly parts, in this case, in Bentley's Miscellany, where it ran partly concurrent with Pickwick and Nicholas Nickleby.

An infant is born of a dying mother in a parish workhouse. Old Sally, attending the birth and death, takes from the dying woman a locket and ring. Bumble, the beadle, names the boy Oliver Twist. Oliver is sent to an infant farm, run by Mrs Mann, until he is 9 years old, at which time he is returned to the workhouse.
The orphans at the workhouse are starving due to callous mistreatment and cast 'lots' to decide who among them will ask for more gruel on behalf of the group. Oliver is chosen. At supper that evening, after the normal allotment, Oliver advances to the master...

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