Chapter1: An unknown woman was found lying in the street and brought into the workhouse. She
delivered a sickly child who had trouble breathing. The woman, without a word of who she was, died
and left her new born boy, Oliver, to the drunken nurse that stood by.
Chapter2: The State gave Oliver to Mrs. Mann who housed a number of orphaned children. Mrs. Mann
took a large portion of the money given to her by the authorities for each child's food so Oliver grew
up small and malnourished. On his ninth birthday, the town beadle, Mr. Bumble, came to collect
Oliver and take him to the board for an interview. They told him he was to live with other wards of the
state to become educated and learn a trade. Oliver did not mind this, but soon after he arrived, the state
decided to implement a plan that would save money by feeding the people very little. After a time on
this diet, the boys at the table chose Oliver to go ask the head cook for more gruel. Oliver did this, and
was taken away. A flyer was then posted that said the state would give five pounds for someone to
take young Oliver off their hands.
Chapter3: The board locked up Oliver in what he called the `dark room' all day until someone would
take him as an apprentice. After several days of solitary confinement, several beatings, and being made
an example of at mealtime, Oliver thought he would do just about anything to leave the workhouse.
However, when a chimneysweep, Mr. Gamfield, came to get the money offered and Oliver the boy
quickly changed his mind. The board assessing Mr. Gamfield said that the State would only pay three
pounds and ten shillings instead of the five originally offered and Mr. Gamfield accepted. Mr. Bumble
cleaned Oliver up, and brought him before the magistrates. As the magistrates were signing the
contracts of Oliver's indenture, they realized that Oliver was petrified of going with the evil looking
Mr. Gamfield. Because of this, they ordered Oliver back to the workhouse from which he came with
orders to Mr. Bumble to treat him well.
Chapter 4: The board decides that the best thing to do with Oliver is send him out to sea as a cabin boy.
They figure that the sailors will take the best care of him, by which they mean treat him the worst and
probably kill him. As Mr. Bumble is looking into this new arrangement, he runs into Mr. Sowerberry,
the undertaker. Mr. Bumble tells him of young Oliver stating that anyone who takes him off the states
hands will receive five pounds. Mr. Bumble asks if he knows of anyone who needs a boy, and Mr.
Sowerberry offers to take him. The board agrees upon the plan, and Mr. Bumble takes Oliver, weeping
from loneliness, to the Sowerberry house. He meets both Mr. and Mrs. Sowerberry, the serving girl
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