The Adventures of Oliver Twist (Google eBook)

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Chapman and Hall, 1858 - 438 pages
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Page 11 - the rule, that all poor people should have the alternative (for they would compel nobody, not they,) of being starved by a gradual process in the house, or by a quick one out of it. With this view, they contracted with the waterworks to lay on an unlimited supply of water; and with a
Page 8 - I have got names ready made to the end of the alphabet, and all the way through it again, when we come to Z." "Why, you're quite a literary character, sir ! " said Mrs. Mann. " Well, well," said the beadle, evidently gratified with the compliment; " perhaps I may be. Perhaps I may be, Mrs. Mann.
Page 29 - were starting through the skin. There was neither fire nor candle; she died in the dark—in the dark ! She couldn't even see her children's faces, though we heard her gasping out their names. I begged for her in the streets ; and they sent me to prison. When I came back, she was dying; and
Page 65 - At such times, he would look constantly round him, for fear of thieves, and keep slapping all his pockets in turn, to see that he hadn't lost anything, in such a very funny and natural manner, that Oliver laughed till the tears ran down his face. All this time, the two boys followed him closely
Page 131 - will be paid to any person who will give such information as will lead to the discovery of the said Oliver Twist, or tend to throw any light upon his previous history, in which the advertiser is, for many reasons, warmly interested." And then followed a full description of Oliver's dress,
Page 65 - in his pockets, trotted up and down the room with a stick, in imitation of the manner in which old gentlemen walk about the streets any hour in the day. Sometimes he stopped at the fire-place, and sometimes at the door, making belief that he was staring with all his might into
Page vi - paint them in all their deformity, in all their wretchedness, in all the squalid poverty of their lives; to show them as they really are, for ever skulking uneasily through the dirtiest paths of life, with the great, black, ghastly gallows closing up their prospect, turn them where
Page 384 - it off again. And there was the body—mere flesh and blood, no more—but such flesh, and so much blood! He struck a light, kindled a fire, and thrust the club into it. There was hair upon the end, which blazed and shrunk into a light cinder, and, caught by the air, whirled up the
Page 226 - the mention of a familiar word, will sometimes call up sudden dim remembrances of scenes that never were, in this life ; which vanish like a breath; which some brief memory of a happier existence, long gone by, would seem to have awakened; which no voluntary exertion of the mind can ever
Page 91 - kind of legs, which in such costume, always look in an unfinished and incomplete state without a set of fetters to garnish them. He had a brown hat on his head, and a dirty belcher handkerchief round his neck : with the long frayed ends of which, he smeared the beer from his

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