Oliver Twist

Chapter 1

Why was oliver taken away from the workhouse?

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Oliver was taken away from the workhouse because their was no woman to care for his needs. Thus, he was "farmed" out to a branch workhouse.

The parish authorities inquired with dignity of the workhouse authorities, whether there was no female then domiciled in "the house" who was in a situation to impart to Oliver Twist, the consolation and nourishment of which he stood in need. The workhouse authorities replied with humility, that there was not. Upon this the parish authorities magnanimously and humanely resolved, that Oliver should be "farmed," or, in other words, that he should be despatched to a branch-workhouse some three miles off, where twenty or thirty other juvenile offenders against the poor-laws, rolled about the floor all day, without the inconvenience of too much food or too much clothing, under the parental superintendence of an elderly female, who received the culprits at and for the consideration of sevenpence-halfpenny per small head per week.

Oliver was not removed from the workhouse in the first chapter. This is a Chapter Two question.


Oliver Twist/ Chapter Two