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Oliver is born at the workhouse, and his mother dies.
Oliver gets sent to live at Mrs. Mann’s baby farm.
When he’s old enough (eight years old), he gets sent back to the workhouse.
He asks for more food, so they decide to send him off as an apprentice as punishment.
Mr. Sowerberry, the coffin maker and undertaker, takes him on as an apprentice.
Mrs. Sowerberry and Noah Claypole (the other apprentice) are cruel to him.
Noah makes fun of Oliver’s dead mother, so Oliver smacks him one.
Oliver runs away to London.
On his way, he gets picked up by the Artful Dodger, who promises to take Oliver to a "gentleman" who will give him a place to stay.
The "gentleman" turns out to be Fagin, who is the ringleader of a criminal gang. He trains up young pickpockets and thieves and sells off the stuff they bring him.
Oliver finally realizes that his new companions are thieves, and runs away in the street – but then everyone thinks he’s the pickpocket.
He is brought before the magistrate, but is let off the hook at the last minute.
Mr. Brownlow, the man who was robbed, takes pity on Oliver and takes him back to his house.
Oliver’s sick, and Mr. Brownlow and his housekeeper take care of him.
Once Oliver is better, he is entrusted with some money and an errand in the city.
Nancy and Sikes (two members of Fagin’s gang) are on the watch for him, and kidnap him.
They lock him up for weeks, and then send him on a dangerous housebreaking expedition with Sikes and Toby Crackit (another criminal).
The expedition goes awry, and Oliver gets shot in the arm.
Sikes and Toby leave Oliver in a ditch.
Oliver drags himself to the nearest house, and it turns out to be the one they tried to rob.
The family of the house takes him in.
Oliver lives with the family for a while, and they all love each other.
One day, Oliver looks up and sees Fagin and a strange man at his window watching him.
They search up and down, but can’t find a trace of two men.
Oliver is reunited with his first friend, Mr. Brownlow.
A lot of intriguing goes on behind Oliver’s back that he’s not aware of.
At the end of the novel, he learns that his older half-brother, Monks, was one of the two men at the window, and that Monks had been trying to turn him into a criminal so that he wouldn’t inherit their father’s money.
Oliver inherits his share of the money, and is legally adopted by Mr. Brownlow.
Oliver lives happily ever after with his group of friends.