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What is the first line in 'Oliver Twist'?
The lengthy first sentence is also the first paragraph: Among other public buildings in a certain town, which for many reasons it will be prudent to refrain from mentioning, and to which I will assign no fictitious name, there is one anciently common to most towns, great or small: to wit, a workhouse; and in this workhouse was born; on a day and date which I need not trouble myself to repeat, inasmuch as it can be of no possible consequence to the reader, in this stage of the business at all events; the item of mortality whose name is prefixed to the head of this chapter.
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Short version: Oliver is about an orphan who runs away from an orphanage because he got in trouble for asking for more food. He ends up living with a group of boys that are tr…ained professionals at pickpocketing by an old mentor. Oliver ends up getting in trouble but catches a bad man and earns tons of money. Oliver then becomes really rich and becomes a great grandfather. Long Version: Oliver Twist was a young orphan. He worked and lived at a workhouse. One day he picked the short straw and had to ask the cook for some more food. This is probably the most famous lines in the book and film, "Please sir, may I have have some more?". Of course there was a consequence to that question and the Head man of the workhouse, Mr. Bumble, took Oliver out into the streets and asked if anyone wanted to buy the young boy from him. A family who built coffins and directed funerals decided to take him in. A adolescent boy from that family insulted Oliver's mother, (who is dead), and that started a fight. Oliver was thrown in the cellar. Luckily Oliver managed to escape from that dreadful place. He saw a sign to London and decided to head that way. When Oliver eventually arrived in London he met a boy. He was known as the 'Artful Dodger'. Oliver learned that his little friend was a pickpocket. Artful Dodger took Oliver to his home, where other boys like him lived. The master of them all was an old man called Fagin. Fagin was a good, down-to-earth man, who lived of his boys success. On Oliver's first day pickpocketing he went with Artful Dodger, so that he could gain some experience before he did it himself. Unfortunately he was caught, even though it was his friend's dirty work! Oliver was now in court, charged for theft. But luckily there was an eyewitness who told the truth about what had happened. Oliver thanked the kind man and he told him that he was an orphan. Oliver found out that the man was called Mr. Brownlow. It didn't take long for Mr. Brownlow to decide on fostering Oliver! Oliver got on Mr. Brownlow's horse and carriage and went to his expensive home. Oliver quickly settled down. In his dreams he wished and wished he could live in a house like this and be cared by someone! Bill Sikes and his girlfriend, Nancy worked for Fagin. Bill was a very violent and unforgiving man and was scared that Oliver would tell everyone about Fagin and his business. Bill and Nancy had to go and get Oliver back by kidnapping him! Nancy wasn't too keen on that idea because she was a very caring and lovely person and she thinks that Oliver deserves to live a good and free life. Bill forced Nancy to come and they succeeded in their task of kidnapping Oliver. When they arrived at Fagin's place, Oliver didn't like what had happened and he slapped Bill. Bill took his belt off and wanted to beat Oliver. Nancy stopped him but she was slapped by Bill. She stormed out of the room. Even though Nancy hated Bill for what he did, she still loved him and she thought that Bill needed her. No matter what happened Bill wasn't going to let Oliver go anywhere, so he couldn't go back to Mr. Brownlow's house. One night Bill, Fagin, Oliver and Nancy went to the nearby pub. (This was where Nancy worked). Bill ordered his dog, Bullseye to guard Oliver. Nancy had a plan to get Oliver and take him back to Mr. Brownlow. Earlier before they went to the pub Nancy went to Mr. Brownlow's house and told him everything that had happened. She told him to meet her on London Bridge at midnight because she would have Oliver. First of all Nancy started off a song, slowly everyone else joined in as they were drunk and it all became very loud and she quickly got Oliver. Of course Bullseye barked but Bill couldn't hear him! Nancy got a head start on Bill but eventually realised what had happened. He quickly got up onto his feet and followed Nancy to the London Bridge. As Nancy was walking up the stairs to meet Mr. Brownlow, Bill caught and carried her back down the stairs. He took her behind a wall and started beating her! As Bill came back there was blood on his shirt and Oliver knew that Nancy was dead. Bullseye was now terrified of Bill and he ran off. A crowd of people heard all this noise and commotion and ran up to Mr. Brownlow to ask what had happened. Suddenly there was a massive search party to find the murderer, Bill! Bill carried Oliver all the way to Fagin's house. Fagin was worried as there was blood on Bill's shirt. Bill said that Nancy wasn't going to be interfering anymore. Fagin realised what this actually meant. Outside Bill heard Bullseye's bark, followed by cries of outrage. Bullseye had taken the crowd to Fagin's secret home! Bill escaped yet again with Oliver down the street. He climbed up some stairs and told Oliver to climb up on a beam and tie a piece of rope to it so Bill could swing over the alley. Oliver managed to do the task and slowly climbed back down. Bill wrapped the rope around him and swung to the other side he couldn't hold onto the other side. Bill tried a couple more times but he accidentally hung himself! The police ran up the stairs and rescued Oliver. A few days later Oliver was back in Mr. Brownlow's house and learnt about his mother. His mother was friends with Mr. Brownlow! Oliver was very happy where he was at that moment in time and he didn't want to go anywhere else! By Anais..
Not only because it's short and poignant, but because it's representative of the plight of all workhouse inmates and the truly horrible--deliberately horrible--condition…s in which they were forced to live.
Oliver Twist Oliver is born in a workhouse to an unknown woman whose name, the reader learns much later, is Agnes Fleming. He is sensitive, compassionate, kind, loyal, and gen…tle, and no matter how much he is abused and mistreated, he retains these qualities as well as his deep faith in the innate goodness of people. At times he seems rather naïve; for example, when he sees the members of Fagin's gang practicing picking Fagin's pockets and when he goes out with them to steal but has no idea they are thieves until they run off and he is apprehended for the deed. An example of his loyalty is his love for his childhood friend Dick; when he goes back to the workhouse, his first thought is to find Dick, and he is crushed to learn that Dick has since died. Although he is badly treated by many people in the book and comes to fear them, he never hates them. Similarly, although Monks has spent most of his life trying to ruin Oliver's, Oliver has no hard feelings against him and divides his own inheritance with Monks, although Monks is legally entitled to nothing.
In the end, Bill Sykes died by hanging himself by accident, Fagin was sentenced to death by hanging. Nancy was beaten to death by Bill Sykes and Oliver lived happily with Mr B…rownlow
at least 9 years old
Oliver sings Where is Love? He also has parts in Who Will Buy? Consider Yourself, and I'd Do Anything. As well as Be Back Soon.
Because the story is about HIM; the namesake novel follows his misfortunes and fortunes from the moment he is born till he is reunited with his family.
Oliver is born, and then lives in the workhouse, where his mother dies giving birth to him. He is given the surname "Twist" by Mr. Bumble the beadle, who works through the alp…habet in order to given the orphans a made-up surname.
Oliver Twist is a fictional character in a novel by Charles Dickens. He is a little boy who endures a miserable existence in a workhouse and then is placed with an undertaker,… from whence he escapes and travels to London where he meets the Artful Dodger, leader of a gang of juvenile pickpockets. Oliver is led to the lair of their elderly criminal trainer Fagin, naively unaware of their unlawful activities.
its about a orphan called oliver twist he was born in a workhouse and escaped and met a group of pickpockets in London .
For the most part, Oliver is a little sad. But he always remains hopeful. He is hopeful that he will find someone who loves him, which he never had. This is portrayed in the s…ong "Where Is Love".
The undertakers male assistant
An infant is born of a dying mother in a parish workhouse. Old Sally, attending the birth and death, takes from the dying woman a locket and ring. Bumble, the beadle, names th…e boy Oliver Twist. Oliver is sent to an infant farm, run by Mrs Mann, until he is 9 years old, at which time he is returned to the workhouse. The orphans at the workhouse are starving due to callous mistreatment and cast lots to decide who among them will ask for more gruel on behalf of the group and Oliver is chosen. At supper that evening, after the normal allotment, Oliver advances to the master and asks for more. Oliver is branded a troublemaker and is offered as an apprentice to anyone willing to take him. After narrowly escaping being bound to a chimney sweep, a very dangerous business where small boys are routinely smothered being lowered into chimneys, Oliver is apprenticed to the undertaker, Sowerberry. Oliver fights with Noah Claypole, another of the undertaker's boys, after Noah mocks Oliver's dead mother. After being unjustly beaten for this offence, Oliver escapes the undertaker's and runs away to London. On the outskirts on the city Oliver, tired and hungry, meets Jack Dawkins who offers a place to stay in London. Thus Oliver is thrown together with the band of thieves run by the sinister Fagin. Oliver innocently goes "to work" with Dawkins, also known as the Artful Dodger, and Charlie Bates, another of Fagin's boys, and witnesses the real business when Dawkins picks the pocket of a gentleman. When the gentleman, Mr. Brownlow, discovers the robbery in progress Oliver is mistaken for the culprit and, after a chase, is captured and taken to the police. Oliver, injured in the chase, is cleared by a witness to the crime and is taken by the kindly Brownlow to his home to recuperate. Oliver is kindly treated at the Brownlow home and, after a period of recuperation, is sent on an errand by Mr Brownlow to pay a local merchant 5 pounds and to return some books. On carrying out this charge Oliver is captured by Nancy and Bill Sikes and returned to Fagin's den of thieves. Mr Brownlow, thinking that Oliver has run away with his money concludes that Oliver was a thief all along. This assumption is further strengthened when Bumble the beadle, answering an ad in the paper, placed by Brownlow, for information concerning Oliver, gives a disparaging opinion of Oliver. Oliver is forced by Fagin to accompany Sikes in an attempted robbery, needing a small boy to enter a window and open the door for the housebreakers. The robbery is foiled when the house is alarmed and, in the ensuing confusion, Oliver is shot. Oliver is nursed back to health at the home of the Maylies, the house Sikes was attempting to burglarize. Oliver imparts his story to the Maylies and Doctor Losberne. The mysterious Monks, revealed to be Oliver's half brother, teams up with Fagin in an attempt to recapture Oliver and lead him into a life of crime thereby negating the unknowing Oliver's claim to his rightful inheritance which would then go to Monks. Sike's woman, Nancy, having compassion for Oliver, overhears Fagin and Monk's plan and tells Rose Maylie in the hope of thwarting the plan. Rose recruits Mr. Brownlow, Dr. Losberne, and others. Bumble the beadle has married the matron of the workhouse, Mrs. Corney. The former Mrs. Corney, attending the death of Old Sally, has taken the locket and ring that Sally had taken from Oliver's mother on her deathbed. Monks buys this locket and ring from the Bumbles hoping that in destroying it that Oliver's true identity will remain hidden. Mr. Brownlow and Rose Maylie meet Nancy on London Bridge and she tells them where to find Monks. Fagin has had Nancy followed and, enraged, tells Sikes that Nancy has betrayed them. Sikes brutally murders Nancy and flees to the country. Monks is taken by Mr. Brownlow. Fagin is captured and sentenced to be hung. Sikes, with a mob on his tail, accidentally hangs himself trying to escape. The Bumbles are relieved of their position at the workhouse, become paupers, and are now inmates at the same workhouse they once managed. Oliver is revealed to be the illegitimate son of Edwin Leeford and Agnes Fleming. Leeford has fathered the evil Edward (Monks) through a failed former marriage. After seducing Agnes, Edwin dies, leaving a will which states that the unborn child will inherit his estate if "in his minority he should never have stained his name with any public act of dishonor, meanness, cowardice, or wrong" in the event of which all would go to Edward (Monks), hence Monk's attempt to corrupt Oliver via Fagin. Monks is given half of Oliver's inheritance by Mr. Brownlow, who had been a friend of Edwin Leeford, in the hope that he will start a new life. Monks flees to America where he quickly squanders his portion and dies in prison. Rose Maylie is revealed to be the sister of Agnes Fleming who is adopted by the Maylies after her parents die, therefore Rose is Oliver's aunt. Oliver collects his inheritance and is adopted by Mr. Brownlow. Rose marries longtime beau, Harry Maylie.
The main flim of Oliver! (there has been many others) Mark Lester played Oliver the street child. There have been a number of film and TV versions of Oliver Twist, and th…ere are more closely related to the book. These are three of the most recent: In the 2005 Roman Polanski version Oliver was played by Barney Clark. In the 2007 British version, William Miller played the role. In the 1999 British TV version (also featuring Keira Knightley and Andy Serkis, among others), the actor playing Oliver was called Sam Smith. Other versions can be found on the Internet Movie Database.
In the Classic 1968 musical "Oliver!" The Artful Dodger is played by Jack Wild (Born 1952) and in the newer 2005 film "Oliver Twist" The Artful Dodger is played by Harry Eden …(born 1990)
because all the boys only got one ladle full of gruel. He was still hungry. He drew the short straw. The boys had agreed that one of them would ask, and Oliver lost.
He first appears in Part 4, Chapter 7.