How we cite our quotes:
"[…] ’cause nobody will never know half of what he was. How will he stand in the Newgate Calendar? P’raps not be there at all. Oh, my eye, my eye, wot a blow it is!" (43.35)
Charley’s an example of the bad kind of reader of criminal biographies. He was one of the ones who made Fagin’s copy of the Newgate Calendar (see quotation above) "thumbed with use." He reads the collections of criminal biographies, and dreams of becoming notorious enough to be included in later editions, and is depressed at the thought that the Dodger might not make it into the Newgate Calendar because he was arrested for such a petty crime.