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Dickens, Charles, Oliver Twist

Dickens, Charles, Oliver Twist

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11/08/2012

 
LIVERTWIST 
C
HARLES
D
ICKENS
or The ParishBoys Progress
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UBLICATION 
 
Oliver Twist or the Parish Boy’s Progress
by Charles Dickens
 
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by Charles Dickens
 ,
the Pennsylvania State University,
Electronic Classics Series
, Jim Manis, Faculty Editor, Hazleton, PA 18201-1291 is a Portable Docu-ment File produced as part of an ongoing student publication project to bring classical works of literature, in English, to free and easy access of those wishing to make use of them.Copyright © 1999 The Pennsylvania State UniversityThe Pennsylvania State University is an equal opportunity University.
 
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OLIVER TWIST
OLIVER TWIST
ORTHE PARISH BOY’S PROGRESSBY
CHARLES DICKENS
CHAPTER ITREATS OF THE PLACE WHERE OLIVERTWIST WAS BORN AND OF THECIRCUMSTANCES ATTENDING HISBIRTH
A
MONG
 
OTHER
 
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in a certain town, which formany reasons it will be prudent to refrain from mentioning,and to which I will assign no fictitious name, there is oneanciently common to most towns, great or small: to wit, aworkhouse; and in this workhouse was born; on a day anddate which I need not trouble myself to repeat, inasmuch asit can be of no possible consequence to the reader, in thisstage of the business at all events; the item of mortality whosename is prefixed to the head of this chapter.For a long time after it was ushered into this world of sorrow and trouble, by the parish surgeon, it remained amatter of considerable doubt whether the child would sur-vive to bear any name at all; in which case it is somewhatmore than probable that these memoirs would never haveappeared; or, if they had, that being comprised within acouple of pages, they would have possessed the inestimablemerit of being the most concise and faithful specimen of biography, extant in the literature of any age or country.Although I am not disposed to maintain that the beingborn in a workhouse, is in itself the most fortunate and en-viable circumstance that can possibly befall a human being,I do mean to say that in this particular instance, it was thebest thing for Oliver Twist that could by possibility haveoccurred. The fact is, that there was considerable difficultyin inducing Oliver to take upon himself the office of respi-ration,—a troublesome practice, but one which custom has

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