Oliver Twist: Top Ten Quotes

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  1. '"Please, Sir, I want some more."' . Oliver, asking the cook at the workhouse for more gruel.  Pg. 12
  2. '"Good-bye dear! God bless you!"' .Dick told Oliver on his way to London, which warmed Oliver's heart and gave him courage.  Pg. 54
  3. "As he spoke, he pointed hastily to the picture above Oliver's head; and then to the boy's face.  There was its living copy.  The eyes, the head, the mouth; every feature was the same.  The expression was, for an instant, so precisely alike, that the minutest line seemed copied with startling accuracy" .from the moment when Mr. Bumble realizes who Oliver is.  Pg. 90
  4. '"Am I,' said the girl [Nancy] 'Take care I don't overdo it.  You will be the worse for it Fagin, if I do; so I tell you in good time keep clear of me'".Nancy protecting Oliver from Fagin's beatings.  This line foreshadows the downfall of the Jew brought about by Nancy's hand.  Pg. 126
  5. "the mother, when the pains of death first came upon her, whispered in my ear that if her babe was born alive, and thrived, the day might come when it would not feel so much disgraced to here it's poor young mother named.whether it be a boy or girl, raise up some friends for it in this troubled world; and take pity upon a lonely and desolate child, abandoned to its mercy." .the old nurse sally told Mrs. Corney when she was dying.  Pg. 189-190
  6. " 'When the boy is worth a hundred pounds to me, am I to lose what chance threw me in the way of getting safely, through the whims of a drunken gang that I could whistle away the lives of! And me bound, too, to a born devil, that only wants the will and has the power'".Statement by Fagin to Nancy that shows the depth of his greed and exploitation of the people around him.  Pg. 201-202
  7. 'But even if he has been wicked,' pursed Rose, 'think how young he is, think that he may never have known a mother's love, or the comfort of a home; and that ill-usage and blows, or the want of bread, may have driven him to herd with men who have forced him to guilt.  Aunt, dear aunt, for mercy's sake, think of this, before you let them drag this sick child to a prison, which in any case must be the grave of all his chances of amendment.'".The powerful speech by Rose that saves Oliver from going to prison.  This speech is also a statement by Dickens about the effectiveness of the prison system in saying that it does not reform people.  Pg. 231
  8. "If I had been less- less fortunate, the world would call it; if some obscure and peaceful life had been my destiny; if I had been poor, sick, helpless; would you have turned from me then? Or has my probable advancement to riches and honour, given this scruple birth?".Harry during his proposal to Rose wondering if he had a different station life, would she accept his offer.  Dickens says here that love need not have money to be happy, and actually states that the lesser the money or station in life, the happier two people may be, because money corrupts people.  Pg. 280
  9. ".raising herself with difficulty, on her knees, drew from her bosom a white handkerchief -Rose Maylie's own, and holding it up, in her folded hands, as high towards heaven as her feeble strength would allow, breathed one prayer for mercy to her maker" .A powerful passage, Dickens illustrates that Nancy, with her final act of good helping Oliver that she too, like Rose Maylie, was not evil any longer.  Pg.383
  10. " 'Not Aunt," cried Oliver, throwing his arms about her neck: 'I'll never call her aunt -sister, my own dear, sister, that something taught my heart to love so dearly from the first! Rose, dear, darling Rose!'" Oliver's joy at finally having a loving family member who will love him comes through, because his story is all about his search for a family and love.  Pg. 424