Адаптированная книга на английском языке «The Adventures of Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens»
Oliver Twist was born in a workhouse. His mother was found lying in the street. Nobody knew where she came from, what her name was or where she was going to. After she gave birth to her child she was very weak, she was dying.
‘Doctor, let me see my child, and die,’ said the woman. She rose from the pillow, kissed her boy’s forehead with her cold white lips and died.
It was Mr. Bumble, the beadle, the man in charge of the workhouse, who gave Oliver his name. When Oliver was ten months old they sent him to a branch-workhouse where he was brought up by the elderly Mrs. Mann with other twenty or thirty children. They did not have enough food and they were badly clothed. Of course Mrs. Mann got some money from the parish authorities and she knew what was good for the children but much better she knew what was good for her, so she used the greater part of the money for her own needs.
Oliver Twist’s ninth birthday found him a pale thin child. Soon Mr. Bumble came to take him back to the workhouse where Oliver could be taught a trade. And for the first time a sense of loneliness sank into the child’s heart because he was leaving his friends behind.
Mr. Bumble took Oliver into a large white-washed room, where eight or ten fat gentlemen were sitting round a table. At the top of the table was a particularly fat gentleman with a very round, red face.
‘What’s your name, boy?’ said the gentleman.
Oliver was frightened at the sight of so many gentlemen, which made him tremble and he began to cry.
‘Boy,’ said the gentleman, ‘listen to me. You know you’re an orphan, I suppose?’
‘What’s that, sir?’ asked poor Oliver.
‘The boy is a fool — I thought he was,’ said the gentleman in the white waistcoat.
‘Hush!’ said the gentleman who spoke first. ‘You know you’ve got no father or mother, and that you were brought up by the parish, don’t you?’
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