Oliver Twist

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 [...]

2018-09-30T11:27:57+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. Taken from the following passage in Chapter 23 of Oliver [...]

2018-10-04T08:48:50+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: , , , |

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: |

There is something about a roused woman: especially if she add to all her other strong passions, the fierce impulses of recklessness and despair; which few men like to provoke.

Background. "There is something about a roused woman: especially if she add to all her other strong passions, the fierce impulses of recklessness and despair; which few men like to provoke." 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. Quotation written in the context of Nancy who is angry with Fagin after he attacks Oliver Twist for attempting to escape from [...]

2018-09-26T12:10:44+00:00Categories: Oliver Twist|Tags: , |

The bowls never wanted washing.

Background. "The bowls never wanted washing." 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. Taken from the following paragraph in Chapter 2 of Oliver Twist: The bowls never wanted washing. The boys polished them with their spoons till they shone again; and when they had performed this operation (which never took very long, the spoons being nearly as large as the bowls), [...]

2018-08-10T07:12:13+00:00Categories: Oliver Twist|Tags: , , |

Dignity, and even holiness too, sometimes, are more questions of coat and waistcoat than some people imagine.

Background. "Dignity, and even holiness too, sometimes, are more questions of coat and waistcoat than some people imagine." is a quotation from Oliver Twist (Chapter 37). 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 37 of Oliver Twist: Mr. Bumble sat in the workhouse parlour, with his eyes moodily fixed on the cheerless grate, whence, as it was summer time, no brighter [...]

2018-09-11T09:20:31+00:00Categories: Oliver Twist|Tags: , |