The works of Charles Dickens. Household ed. [22 vols. Orig. issued in monthly parts].

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1871
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Page 7 - Please, sir," replied Oliver, "I want some more." The master aimed a blow at Oliver's head with the ladle ; pinioned him in his arms; and shrieked aloud for the beadle.
Page 117 - The memories which peaceful country scenes call up, are not of this world, nor of its thoughts and hopes. Their gentle influence may teach us how to weave fresh garlands for the graves of those we loved : maypurify our thoughts, and bear down before it old enmity and hatred; but beneath all this, there lingers, in the least reflective mind, a vague and half-formed consciousness of having held such feelings long before, in some remote and distant time, which calls up solemn thoughts of distant times...
Page 199 - ... anything to say why sentence of death should not be passed upon him, replied he had nothing further than he had communicated to Mr.
Page 2 - Although I am not disposed to maintain that the being born in a workhouse, is in itself the most fortunate and enviable circumstance that can possibly befall a human being, I do mean to say that in this particular instance, it was the best thing for Oliver Twist that could by possibility have occurred. The fact is, that there was considerable difficulty in inducing Oliver to take upon himself the office of respiration...
Page 7 - There was a general start. Horror was depicted on every countenance. " For more r said Mr. Limbkins. " Compose yourself, Bumble, and answer me distinctly. Do I understand that he asked for more, after he had eaten the supper allotted by the dietary?" " He did, sir," replied Bumble. " That boy will be hung," said the gentleman in the white waistcoat.
Page 187 - Rotherhithe abuts, where the buildings on the banks are dirtiest and the vessels on the river blackest with the dust of colliers and the smoke of close-built low-roofed houses, there exists...
Page 2 - ... of the latter. Now, if, during this brief period, Oliver had been surrounded by careful grandmothers, anxious aunts, experienced nurses, and doctors of profound wisdom, he would most inevitably and indubitably have been killed in no time.
Page 2 - But now that he was enveloped in the old calico robes which had grown yellow in the same service, he was badged and ticketed, and fell into his place at once — a parish child — the orphan of a workhouse — the humble, half-starved drudge — to be cuffed and buffeted through the world — despised by all, and pitied by none.
Page 197 - If the law supposes that," said Mr. Bumble, squeezing his hat emphatically in both hands, " the law is a ass — a idiot If that's the eye of the law, the law is a bachelor; and the worst I wish the law is, that his eye may be opened by experience — by experience.
Page 3 - ... 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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