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Oliver Twist

Oliver Twist


by Charles Dickens

Oliver Twist Chapter 45 Summary

"Noah Claypole is Employed by Fagin on a Secret Mission"

  • The next morning, Fagin gives a secret mission to Noah Claypole (a.k.a. Morris Bolter).
  • Before giving him the details, Fagin flatters him on how well he’s been doing at robbing little kids. You know the expression, "easy as taking candy from a baby"? Yeah, well, that’s pretty much Noah’s job, and he’s awfully good at it.
  • Fagin tells him that the secret mission will be to follow a woman around, and report back to Fagin about who she sees, and where she goes, and what she says.
  • Of course Noah wants to know how much he’ll get paid, and Fagin offers him a pound for the job.
  • Fagin explains that it’s one of their own gang, but that she’s found new friends, and that he must know who they are.
  • Noah agrees to the mission immediately, and seems pretty jazzed about the idea of following some young woman around – says he was pretty good at that when he was back in school. Lovely.
  • Fagin tells Noah that he’ll point out the young woman in question in a few days.
  • The next Sunday, Fagin is certain that Nancy will sneak out, because Sikes is planning on being out all night.
  • Fagin takes Noah to their house, and points her out as she leaves.
  • Noah gets a good look at her as she passes a candle, and then follows her through the streets.

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