Oliver Twist
Charles Dickens
Contributed by Jennefer Ruano
Chapter 2
Summary

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 authorities for each child’s food so Oliver grew up small and malnourished.  On his ninth birthday, the town beadle, Mr. Bumble, came to collect Oliver and take him to the board for an interview. They told him he was to live with other wards of the state to become educated and learn a trade.  Oliver did not mind this, but soon after he arrived, the state decided to implement a plan that would save money by feeding the people very little. After a time on this diet, the boys at the table chose Oliver to go ask the head cook for more gruel.  Oliver did this, and was taken away. A flyer was then posted that said the state would give five pounds for someone to take young Oliver off their hands. 

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