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Quotes

Find the perfect quote to float your boat. Shmoop breaks down key quotations from Oliver Twist.

Society and Class Quotes

And what an excellent example of the power of dress young Oliver Twist was. Wrapped in the blanket which had hitherto formed his only covering, he might have been the child of a nobleman or a begga...

Poverty Quotes

[…] the parish authorities magnanimously and humanely resolved, that Oliver should be ‘farmed,’ or, in other words, that he should be despatched to a branch-workhouse some three m...

Criminality Quotes

"What a fine thing capital punishment is! Dead men never repent; dead men never bring awkward stories to light. The prospect of the gallows, too, makes them hardy and bold. Ah, it’s a fine th...

Religion Quotes

"I hope you say your prayers every night," said another gentleman in a gruff voice, "and pray for the people who feed you, and take care of you, like a Christian." "Yes, sir," stammered the boy. Th...

Contrasting Regions Quotes

Darkness had set in; it was a low neighbourhood; no help was near; resistance was useless. In another moment he was dragged into a labyrinth of dark, narrow courts, and forced along them at a pace...

Fate and Free Will Quotes

In one instant the whole mystery of the handkerchiefs, and the watches, and the jewels, and the Jew, rushed upon the boy’s mind. He stood for a moment with the blood tingling through all his...

Literature and Writing Quotes

"There are a good many books, are there not, my boy?" said Mr. Brownlow. […] "A great number, sir," replied Oliver; "I never saw so many." "You shall read them if you behave well," said the...

Identity Quotes

"How comes he to have any name at all, then?" The beadle drew himself up with great pride, and said, "I inwented it." "You, Mr. Bumble!" "I, Mrs. Mann. We name our foundlin’s in alphabetical...
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