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The fate of Oliver Twist

Oliver is born in a workhouse in a small town near London, England in the early part of the 19th century. His mother dies almost immediately after his birth. 

Oliver is brought up at a “child farm” in the country until he is about eight years old. At this point, the parish officials running the child farm decide it’s time for him to start working, and they send him back to the workhouse. But Oliver commits the offence of asking for more food when he is close to starving, so the parish officials offer five pounds to anyone who’s willing to take Oliver on as an apprentice. The parish officials eventually send Oliver off with a coffin-maker. 

Oliver gets in trouble there and after being abused some more decides to set out for London on foot. 

He falls into wrong hands and is wrongfully accused of pick pocketing a gentleman who later takes kindly to him and takes him to his home and cares for him 

The thieves manage to abduct Oliver once more and try to turn him into a criminal and on one of his assignments is badly injured. 

Fortunately, Oliver is picked up by the people who shot him, a family that turns out to be as nice as Mr. Brownlow. 

While Fagin and the criminals distress, Oliver learns to read and write with his new friends, the Maylies. He’s also reunited with his first friend, Mr. Brownlow.

(Adapted – Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens)

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