And then I had an epiphany: I should dedicate an entire section of my dissertation to Dickens! I am not sure why I thought it would be a good idea to focus on an author for whom I had previously felt nothing but disdain. But so it was. Then I threw myself into Oliver Twist.
What a darling lad! He immediately enchanted me. What's more: so did Dickens. Having watched the musical and multiple film adaptations growning up, I had a general idea of how the plot would develop. The book, though, was still different from what I expected it to be. In a good way. I really, really, enjoyed it. In fact, I find myself echoing Oliver's request for more. More Dickens, please!
The iconic scene
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