Oliver Twist - Chapter 12 Summary & Analysis

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Chapter 11 Summary

Oliver is taken to jail, and subsequently brought before the magistrate, Mr. Fang, and the robbery victim, Mr. Brownlow. Mr. Fang is quite harsh with Oliver, though Mr. Brownlow is very sympathetic to Oliver, who is terrified. Mr. Brownlow fears that Oliver is ill, and before the hearing is over, Oliver has fainted. Mr. Fang is still unsympathetic, and sentences Oliver to three months hard labor. As the court is adjourned, the keeper of the bookstall comes in and testifies that he saw another boy commit the crime. Oliver's face is bathed with water and he leaves in a coach with Mr. Brownlow and the bookstall owner.

Chapter 11 Analysis

Oliver experiences the terror of jail in this chapter, but he also experiences his first glimpse of true justice, when the bookstall keeper comes forward, and when Mr. Brownlow feels sympathy for him.

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