Oliver Twist
Charles Dickens
Contributed by Jennefer Ruano
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Chapter 1

An unknown woman was found lying in the street and brought into the workhouse.  She delivered a sickly child who had trouble breathing. The woman,...

Chapter 2

The State gave Oliver to Mrs. Mann who housed a number of orphaned children.  Mrs. Mann took a large portion of the money given to her by the auth...

Chapter 3

The board locked up Oliver in what he called the ’dark room’ all day until someone would take him as an apprentice.  After several days of sol...

Chapter 4

The board decides that the best thing to do with Oliver is send him out to sea as a cabin boy.  They figure that the sailors will take the best ca...

Chapter 5

A pounding on the door the following morning woke Oliver from his sleep in the coffin room.  The person outside was yelling and kicking the door t...

Chapter 6

Noah took a joy in making Oliver cry, and one day in attempt to do so, asked Oliver about his mother.  Since his mother was a very sensitive subje...

Chapter 7

Noah found Mr. Bumble and told him that Oliver had tried to murder him, Charlotte, and Mrs. Sowerberry.  Mr. Bumble and the man in white waistcoat...

Chapter 8

Oliver began his walk to London.  He had very little food and had to beg for it on his way.  He walked for seven days and had very little luck ge...

Chapter 9

Oliver awoke the next morning to see Fagin examining several watches and rings in a wooden box.  When he discovered Oliver was awake he questioned...

Chapter 10

Oliver spent more time with the Jew, and the other boys each day learning more and more of how to unmark handkerchiefs, and playing the game of pic...

Chapter 11

The policeman searched Oliver, locked him up, and then dragged him before the local drunken magistrate.  The gentlemen, Mr. Brownlow, began an arg...

Chapter 12

Mr. Brownlow took Oliver to his house, where he was unconscious for days.  Oliver awakes from his illness to find a sweet old woman, Mrs. Bedwin, ...

Chapter 13

Fagin yells at the boys until they tell him the tail of Oliver being caught.  This upsets Fagin even more and makes him start to beat on the boys....

Chapter 14

When Oliver awakened from his fainting spell, he found that they had removed the painting of the mysterious woman.  Oliver then expressed his like...

Chapter 15

Nancy reports that where Oliver had been taken and tells them of his illness.  They go out to search for him, and as he is returning the books, he...

Chapter 16

Nancy and Mr. Sikes drag Oliver to another of the thieves’ hideouts. When they entered, Fagin, Dodger, and Charlie Bates were there.  They were ...

Chapter 17

Meanwhile, the beadle, Mr. Bumble, visits Mrs. Mann on his way to London to pay her the stipend for her care of the orphans.  While he is there, M...

Chapter 18

Fagin chastised Oliver the next day and locked him back in his room for a few more days.  After that period of time passed, he was allowed to wand...

Chapter 19

Fagin left the house where the boys slept and went to visit Mr. Sikes.  Upon arrival, he found Nancy along with the other thief. He was not happy ...

Chapter 20

Oliver awoke to find a new pair of shoes at his bedside for which he is thankful.  Then he sat down to breakfast and Fagin told him he is going to...

Chapter 21

Mr. Sikes drags Oliver across London on foot going at a relentless pace.  They catch a ride with a man in a cart and they travel with him as far a...

Chapter 22

Two of Mr. Sikes cohorts are waiting inside, Toby Crackit and Barney.  They eat dinner and go to sleep for a time. At one they wake up and set out...

Chapter 23

Mr. Bumble stopped by to see Mrs. Corney, the matron of the workhouse where Oliver Twist was born.  He brought her a bottle of wine, and accepted ...

Chapter 24

The matron went down to the room of the sick old woman.  The apocrathy’s apprentice was there but there was nothing he could do for the old woma...

Chapter 25

Fagin, Charlie Bates, the Dodger, and Tom were all sitting in the hideout late one evening. The boys began teasing Tom about his affection for Bets...

Chapter 26

Fagin wandered the streets and went to the market place where the thieves sell their wares. He asked for information on Sikes and not finding any, ...

Chapter 27

While Mrs. Corney was out, the beadle stood waiting in her residence examining it.  When she returned, flustered from her visit to the dying woman...

Chapter 28

As they ran through the fields, Sikes had tried to bring Oliver with him.  After Toby abandoned them however, it became impossible and stays alive...

Chapter 29

Giles, dressed in his butler attire, was serving breakfast to the two ladies of the house.  The elder, Mrs. Maylie was the aunt of the beautiful y...

Chapter 30

The doctor brought them into the room, and when Rose saw Oliver she sat at his side and wept on his face lamenting that one so young and innocent l...

Chapter 31

Blathers and Duff, the Bow Street Runners, come into the house and ask questions about the crime to Mrs. Maylie and Dr. Losberne.  Losberne recoun...

Chapter 32

Oliver caught a fever, but under the good care of his new friends, he recovered.  He offered to work for the family if they would let him stay and...

Chapter 33

One evening as they were taking a particularly long walk, Rose sat down to play the piano as usual.  That night however, she began crying during h...

Chapter 34

Oliver was overjoyed at the news that she would recover, and was gathering flowers along the road for her sickroom when a post chaise came upon him...

Chapter 35

Oliver’s cries brought Harry and Giles to him, and after he told them what happened, they set off to pursue the Jew and his companion.  Dr. Losb...

Chapter 36

Harry, Losberne, and Oliver sat at breakfast discussing the departure of the former two.  Losberne was headed to London, and Harry asked to escort...

Chapter 37

Upon marrying the workhouse matron, the beadle became master of the workhouse.  Two months had gone by and Mr. Bumble already did not like his new...

Chapter 38

The Bumbles walked to the address that Monks gave the night before and let them in out of the rain.  They were in a bad part of town in a worn dow...

Chapter 39

Sikes was ill and confined to his apartment where Nancy was nursing him.  Fagin, Dodger, and Charlie Bates came to see him, and Sikes wanted some ...

Chapter 40

Nancy told Rose what she had had learned about Oliver from eavesdropping on Fagin.  The proof of Oliver’s parentage had been destroyed, and Monk...

Chapter 41

Rose pondered what to do with the information when Oliver came in and happily informed her that they had spotted Mr. Brownlow in the street, and no...

Chapter 42

Noah Claypole and Charlotte left the Sowerberry’s, stole money, and were on their way to London.  They stop at the Three Cripples for the night....

Chapter 43

Fagin got the news that the Artful Dodger, Jack Dawkins, had been arrested and taken to Newgate.  Noah Claypole, renamed by Fagin as Morris Bolter...

Chapter 44

Fagin was visiting Sikes when the clock struck eleven on Sunday evening.  Nancy put on her bonnet and prepared to go out, but Sikes stopped her. T...

Chapter 45

Fagin informs Noah that he wants him to spy on Nancy for him.  He wants to know everywhere she goes, and whom she is with. Noah agrees and waits f...

Chapter 46

Nancy met Rose and Mr. Brownlow on the bridge.  They went down the steps at the side so they could talk without being seen, and Noah went down the...

Chapter 47

Bill Sikes entered Fagin’s residence early that morning only to be told of what had transpired between Nancy, Rose, and Mr. Brownlow.  She had r...

Chapter 48

Sikes flees London but everywhere he goes he is reminded of the murder of Nancy.  Sikes imagines that she is haunting him and that everyone around...

Chapter 49

Mr. Brownlow apprehends Monks and threatens him with persecution if he does not cooperate. Monks real name is Edward Leeford and Mr. Brownlow was a...

Chapter 50

At the third of the thieves hideouts, Toby Crackit, Tom Chitling, and another thief Kags waited in the dark.  The police had taken Fagin, and the ...

Chapter 51

Everyone went to the town of Oliver’s birth, and that night Mr. Brownlow explained, with Monks help the rest of the tale.  After finding out he ...

Chapter 52

Fagin was condemned to hang in court and was taken to a cell where he was confined until the day he died.  On the last day, Oliver and Mr. Brownlo...

Chapter 53

Harry and Rose were married and moved to their happy home.  Oliver and Monks split the inheritance and Monks takes his share to the New World wher...

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