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Nancy, apparently fearful of irritating the housebreaker, sat with her eyes fixed upon the fire, as if she had been deaf to all that passed.

Background. "Nancy, apparently fearful of irritating the housebreaker, sat with her eyes fixed upon the fire, as if she had been deaf to all that passed." is a quotation from Oliver Twist (Chapter 19). Oliver Twist, subtitled The Parish Boy’s Progress, is the second novel by Charles Dickens, published in 1837.   Context. Nancy , a victim of domestic violence at the hands of her partner Bill Sikes, shows her fear of him in this quote. Taken from the following [...]

2018-10-31T14:38:44+00:00Categories: Oliver Twist|Tags: |

The Jew inflicted a smart blow on Oliver’s shoulders with the club; and was raising it for a second, when the girl, rushing forward, wrested it from his hand.

Background. "The Jew inflicted a smart blow on Oliver’s shoulders with the club; and was raising it for a second, when the girl, rushing forward, wrested it from his hand." is a quotation from Oliver Twist (Chapter 16). Oliver Twist, subtitled The Parish Boy’s Progress, is the second novel by Charles Dickens, published in 1837.   Context. Nancy tries to rescue Oliver Twist from being beaten at the hands of Fagin ('The Jew') for attempting to escape from his gang [...]

2018-09-30T11:41:26+00:00Categories: Oliver Twist|Tags: |

The great principle of out-of-door relief is, to give the paupers exactly what they don’t want; and then they get tired of coming.

Background. "The great principle of out-of-door relief is, to give the paupers exactly what they don’t want; and then they get tired of coming." is a quotation from Oliver Twist (Chapter 23). Oliver Twist, subtitled The Parish Boy’s Progress, is the second novel by Charles Dickens, published in 1837.   Context. Quote said by Mr. Bumble, the parish Beadle. Bumble is giving his views on poor relief to Mrs. Corney. Charles Dickens was a vigorous critic of the 1834 Poor [...]

2018-11-07T12:02:19+00:00Categories: Oliver Twist|Tags: , |

Although Oliver had been brought up by philosophers, he was not theoretically acquainted with the beautiful axiom that self-preservation is the first law of nature.

  Background. "Although Oliver had been brought up by philosophers, he was not theoretically acquainted with the beautiful axiom that self-preservation is the first law of nature" is a quotation from Oliver Twist (Chapter 10). Oliver Twist, subtitled The Parish Boy’s Progress, is the second novel by Charles Dickens, published in 1837.   Have Your Say. Give your view on "Although Oliver had been brought up by philosophers, he was not theoretically acquainted with the beautiful axiom that self-preservation is [...]

2018-06-12T11:10:30+00:00Categories: Oliver Twist|Tags: |

If the law supposes that … the law is a ass – a idiot.

Background. "If the law supposes that the law is a ass a idiot." is a quotation from Oliver Twist (Chapter 51). Oliver Twist, subtitled The Parish Boy’s Progress, is the second novel by Charles Dickens, published in 1837.   Context. Observation by Mr. Bumble having just been informed (by Mr. Brownlow) that "the law supposes that your wife acts under your direction." Taken from the following passage in Chapter 51 of Oliver Twist: Again Mr. Brownlow nodded to Mr. Grimwig; and [...]

2018-09-02T23:38:21+00:00Categories: Oliver Twist|Tags: |

Please, sir, I want some more.

Background. "Please, sir, I want some more" is a quotation from Oliver Twist (Chapter 2). Oliver Twist, subtitled The Parish Boy’s Progress, is the second novel by Charles Dickens, published in 1837.     Context. Image from the 1968 musical Oliver! in which Oliver Twist (played by Mark Lester) asks for more food. Taken from the following paragraph in Chapter 2: The evening arrived; the boys took their places. The master, in his cook’s uniform, stationed himself at the [...]

2018-02-21T20:30:57+00:00Categories: Oliver Twist|Tags: , , , |

An eye for everything that was done, and an ear for everything that was said.

Background. "An eye for everything that was done, and an ear for everything that was said." is a quotation from Oliver Twist (Chapter 26). Oliver Twist, subtitled The Parish Boy’s Progress, is the second novel by Charles Dickens, published in 1837.   Description of the Saffron Hill area from a London guide published in 1850. Context. Taken from the following passage in Chapter 26 of Oliver Twist: It was curious to observe some faces which stood out prominently [...]

2018-09-09T19:00:59+00:00Categories: Oliver Twist|Tags: |

There is a passion for hunting something deeply implanted in the human breast.

Background. "There is a passion for hunting something deeply implanted in the human breast" is a quotation from Oliver Twist (Chapter 10). Oliver Twist, subtitled The Parish Boy’s Progress, is the second novel by Charles Dickens, published in 1837.   Have Your Say. Give your view on "There is a passion for hunting something deeply implanted in the human breast" with a rating and help us compile the very best Charles Dickens quotations.   Related. If you like [...]

2017-12-08T13:14:03+00:00Categories: Oliver Twist|Tags: |

Death, fires, and burglary, make all men equals.

Background. "Death, fires, and burglary, make all men equals." is a quotation from Oliver Twist (Chapter 28). Oliver Twist, subtitled The Parish Boy’s Progress, is the second novel by Charles Dickens, published in 1837.   Context. Taken from the following passage in Chapter 28 of Oliver Twist: Oliver felt such fear come over him when he recognised the place, that, for the instant, he forgot the agony of his wound, and thought only of flight. Flight! He could scarcely stand: and [...]

2018-09-30T14:26:41+00:00Categories: Oliver Twist|Tags: , |

It was a nice sickly season just at this time. In commercial phrase, coffins were looking up.

  Background. "It was a nice sickly season just at this time. In commercial phrase, coffins were looking up" is a quotation from Oliver Twist (Chapter 6). Oliver Twist, subtitled The Parish Boy’s Progress, is the second novel by Charles Dickens, published in 1837.   Have Your Say. Give your view on "It was a nice sickly season just at this time. In commercial phrase, coffins were looking up" with a rating and help us compile the very best Charles [...]

2017-12-08T13:14:19+00:00Categories: Oliver Twist|Tags: |
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