Oliver Twist Chapter Notes
The Novel takes place in England. Oliver is born inside a workhouse; his mother had been brought into the warehouse after being found on the street. As soon as Oliver is born his mother kisses him, and dies. After she has died the drunken doctor notices she is not married. Oliver twist is then left alone with the authorities.
The authorities send Oliver a different workhouse where a new character is introduced. Mrs. Mann, an older woman who is the supervisor of the foster home in which Oliver was sent to. It is also said that she takes most of the money for the foster children and uses it for herself, letting the children starve. Oliver spends nine years in the foster home, on his birthday he is beat and confined in a cellar. On the same day Mr. Bumble, a fat man that beats the children, tells Mrs. Mann that Oliver is to old to stay at her care house. Mrs. Mann gives Oliver some bread before sending him to the workhouse so he doesn’t seem too hungry. Once in the new warehouse Oliver lost a bet and had to ask for more food at dinner, the authorities are become offended and decide to offer 5 pounds as a reward for anyone who takes Oliver.
Oliver was punished for asking for more food by being locked in a dark room for a week. After confinement Gamfield offered to take Oliver from the authorities since he needed money very desperately. Since Gamfield had a bad history with orphans dying in his ownership they settled the reward to three pounds. Oliver begs to not be taken by the man.
Authorities decide to put Oliver on a ship due to the fact that he would die fairly easily out at sea, but then Mr.Sowerberry is introduced, he is the coffin maker and gravedigger. Mr.Sowerberry offers to take Oliver since he needed an apprentice. On the way to Mr. Sowerberry’s house Oliver cries and says to Mr. Bumble that he is hurt because everyone hates him. When Oliver arrives Mrs. Sowerberry complains that he is small., she later feeds Oliver the rest of the dog’s food and takes him to his bed which is in a room with coffins.
Mr. Sowerberry apprentice is introduced he is a charity-boy named Noah Claypole, Noah beats him for breaking a glass pane. After a 3 weeks at the Sowerberry’s house Oliver is hired as the mourner for the undertaker. He goes with him to the funeral of a parishioners wife. she had starved to death.
After a months trial is over Oliver is apprenticed. A disease epidemic breaks out and Oliver earns a lot of undertaking experience. Noah becomes jealous of all the attention Oliver is getting from Sowerberry and the undertaker. One morning he asks Oliver how is his mother. This ends in a brawl from Oliver’s anger towards Noah’s comments. Noah screams for help, and the maid (Charlotte) and Mr.Sowerberry begin to beat up Oliver. The three of them then send him to the cellar after his brutal beating. He...