"Relates what Oliver's new visitors thought of him."
Rose and Mrs. Maylie still don’t know that the thief is just a boy, so
the doctor decides to let them look for themselves at the kind of thief
they’re harboring – but only after assuring them that although the thief
"hasn’t shaved in a while," he’s really not so scary.
When they get to the room, Oliver’s asleep on the bed and looking totally angelic as usual.
Rose smoothes his hair on the pillow and cries over him a bit (she’s very soft-hearted).
Rose, Mrs. Maylie, and Mr. Losberne discuss whether or not Oliver can really be a criminal.
Losberne thinks it’s possible for crime and vice to take hold of a
person from a very young age, and that even though Oliver looks
innocent, he might really be a hardened criminal.
to believe it, and begs her aunt to protect Oliver from the authorities,
saying that she herself might have been an orphan all adrift in the
world if Mrs. Maylie hadn’t taken care of her, so could she please,
please do the same for Oliver?
Mrs. Maylie promises to, and the
doctor thinks about what they can do – after all, the authorities have
already been notified about the break-in, and the servants know all
about it, so it will be difficult to keep Oliver from being arrested.
Losberne decides what to do, and gets Mrs. Maylie’s permission to do as
he thinks proper – provided that, once they hear the boy’s story, they
still think that he’s worth saving. Mrs. Maylie must really trust him,
because she agrees to this, even though she doesn’t know what his plan
Later on in the day, Oliver wakes up, and tells his story to Rose, Mrs. Maylie, and Mr. Losberne.
They believe him, and put him to bed for the night.
Mr. Losberne goes down to the kitchen, where Mr. Giles is once again telling the story of his heroism to the other servants.
Losberne pretends to be very angry, and asks Giles and Losberne if they
are Protestant – they are – and if they would be willing to swear up
and down, on a stack of Bibles, that the boy they found on the doorstep
that morning was the same as the boy they had shot the night before.
Mr. Giles and Brittles are so rattled by his unexpected tone of voice that they say they aren’t sure.
Just then, they hear a coach in the driveway.
says it must be the two Bow-street officers that he and Mr. Giles had
sent for that morning (Bow-street officers were the detective branch of
the Metropolitan police force at that point – they’ve since been
replaced by Scotland Yard).
Mr. Losberne is annoyed that Giles
and Brittles had sent for the officers without being asked, but he
doesn’t say so, and walks out of the kitchen.