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Oliver Twist

By Dickens, Charles

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Book Id: WPLBN0000579794
Format Type: PDF eBook
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Reproduction Date: 2007
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Title: Oliver Twist  
Author: Dickens, Charles
Volume:
Language: English
Subject: Fiction, Children's literature, Children's fiction
Collection: Children's Literature Collection
Subcollection:
Historic
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Publisher: World Public Library Association

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Excerpt: Treats of the place where Oliver Twist was born, and of the circumstances attending his birth. 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. For a long time after it was ushered into this world of sorrow and trouble, by the parish surgeon, it remained a matter of considerable doubt whether the child could survive to bear any name at all; in which case it is somewhat more than probable that these memoirs would never have appeared; or, if they had, that being comprised within a couple of pages, they would have possessed the inestimable merit 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 being born in a workhouse, is in itself the most fortunate and enviable...

 

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