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"Wherein this History Reverts to Mr. Fagin and Company"
Fagin’s back in the old den, thinking about something in front of the fire.
The Artful Dodger, Charley, and Chitling are playing whist (a game of cards usually played with four people), and the Dodger is surreptitiously looking at Chitling’s hand.
Unsurprisingly, the Dodger wins every time.
Chitling has finally had enough, and seems amazed at the Dodger’s luck.
Fagin is less amazed.
After killing time for a while, the Dodger asks Chitling why he seems so down.
Before Chitling can answer, the Dodger asks Fagin and Charley for their opinion.
Fagin diplomatically declines to answer, but Charley thinks it’s because Chitling’s in love with Betsy, and starts laughing like crazy because Chitling is in looooooove.
Fagin comforts Chitling, and says that Betsy’s "a fine girl," and that if he does as she tells him to do, he’ll be a successful thief and make his fortune.
Of course, the reason Chitling went to jail was because he’d followed Betsy’s advice, but he says he’d do it again if Betsy told him to.
He’s so angry with Charley (who continues to laugh this whole while), that he runs across the room to slug him. Charley dodges, and he hits Fagin in the chest, instead.
Just then, the Dodger hears the bell downstairs, and grabs the candle to go see who it is.
He comes back up and whispers to Fagin.
Someone has come back "alone;" the news makes Fagin nervous.
Charley and Chitling leave the room to make way for the —it’s Toby Crackit, looking rather the worse for wear.
He won’t tell them what happened until he’s eaten something.
Finally, he asks how Bill Sikes is doing.
Obviously, Fagin and the Dodger don’t know, and were expecting that Toby would.
Toby says that the job failed, but Fagin already knew that from the newspaper (maybe that’s what he was brooding about at the beginning of the chapter).
Toby tells the story: in short, they ran away from the house, but there were dogs after them and the whole country seemed to be awake, and eventually Sikes had left Oliver alone in a ditch. Toby doesn’t know what’s happened to either of them since—it was each man for himself.
Fagin yells, tears at his hair, and runs out of the house.