Oliver Twist

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“The simple fact was, that Oliver, instead of possessing too little feeling, possessed rather too much, and was in a fair way of being reduced to a state of brutal stupidity and sullenness for life, by the ill usage he had received.”

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Oliver is an intelligent and sensitive boy. He just doesn't get a chance to develop these traits because of the environment (staling, poverty...) he lives in.