Put the sentences in the right order. 1)The poor boy was stupefied by the blows and the suddenness of the attack and terrified by the fierce growling of the dog

1)The poor boy was stupefied by the blows and the suddenness of the attack and terrified by the fierce growling of the dog.

2) Oliver Twist marched on, thinking how happy he was.

3) Bill Sikes seized the terrified boy by the collar, and all three were quickly inside the house.

4) The man tore the volumes from his grasp, and struck Oliver on the head.

5) Oliver saw that resistance would be of no use.

6) 'Oh, my dear brother!' screamed a young woman out very loud, and threw her arms tight round the boy's neck.

7) Atlength they turned into a very filthy narrow street full of old-clothes shops.


Agree or disagree.

1)The night was dark and foggy, and the heavy mist thickened every moment.

2) 'Delighted to see you looking so well, my dear,' said Oliver to Charley Bates.

3) The Bull's-eye jumped suddenly to his feet, and rushed wildly out of the room.

4) Fagin gave a smart blow on Oliver's shoulders with his club.

5) Charley Bates unwillingly put on his old clothes.

4 Fill in prepositions: from, out, in, with, on, up, up­on, under, by, of, to.

1) The only reply ______ this was a great number ______ loud words ______ the young woman.

2) Weak ______ recent illness; stupefied ______ the blows and the suddenness ______ the attack; terrified ______ the fierce growling ______ the dog, and the brutality ______ the man; overpowered

______ the conviction ______ the bystanders that he really was the hardened little wretch; what could one poor child do!

3) ______ these words, which were uttered ______ all the energy ______ passionate grief, Oliver fell ______ his knees at Fagin's feet.

4) Oliver unwillingly put ______ his old clothes, and Charley Bates, rolling ______ the new clothes ______ his arm, went _____ _____ the room, leaving Oliver ______ the dark.

5    Put the verbs, given in brackets, in the right tense form.

1) I have (find) him.

2) The only reply to this was a great number of loud words from the young woman, who was (embrace) him.

3) What's (go) on?

4) You've (steal) them!

5) The girl's (go) mad, I think.

6) You've (get) the boy.

7) You are (act) beautifully.

Complete the sentences.

1)Oliver Twist was thinking how happy he was because …

2) Charles Bates laughed at Oliver because …

3) Oliver asked Fagin to send the books and money back to the old gentleman because …

4) Nancy rushed forward because …

5) Oliver put on his old clothes unwillingly because …

What do you think?

1)Why did Nancy call Oliver her dear little brother?

2) Why didn't the bystanders help Oliver?

3) Why did Oliver think that resistance would be of no use?

4) Why do you think Fagin let Sikes have the five-pound note?

5) Why did Fagin get the clue to Oliver's whereabouts?




Mr. Bumble Meets Mr. Brownlow. Fagin and Sikes Discuss a Plan


Mr. Bumble arrived in London on business. After dinner he sat down in the house at which the coach stopped, drew his chair to the fire and took the newspaper. The very first paragraph, upon which Mr. Bumble's eye rested, was the following advertisement:


A young boy, named Oliver Twist, left his home at Pentonville last Thursday evening and has not since been heard of. The above reward will be paid to any person who will give such information as will lead to the discovery of the said Oliver Twist, or throw any light upon his previous history, in which the advertiser is, for many reasons, warmly interested.'

And then followed a full description of Oliver's dress, person, appearance, and disappearance: with the name and address of Mr. Brownlow.

Mr. Bumble opened his eyes; read the advertisement, slowly and carefully, three times; and in something more than five minutes was on his way to Pentonville.

'Is Mr. Brownlow at home?' inquired Mr. Bumble of the girl who opened the door. He was immediately shown into the little back study, where sat Mr. Brownlow and his friend Mr. Grimwig.

Mr. Brownlow said with a little impatience:

'Now, sir, you read the advertisement, didn't you?'

'Yes, sir,' said Mr. Bumble.

'And you are a beadle, aren't you?' inquired Mr. Grimwig.

'I am a beadle, gentlemen,' answered Mr. Bumble proudly.

'Do you know where this poor boy is now?'

'No,' replied Mr. Bumble.

'Well, what do you know of him?' inquired the old gentleman. 'Speak out, my friend, if you have anything to say. What do you know of him?'

'You don't happen to know any good of him, do you?' said Mr. Grimwig.

Mr. Bumble, catching at the inquiry very quickly,shook his head.

'You see?' said Mr. Grimwig, looking triumphantly at Mr. Brownlow.

Mr. Brownlow looked at Mr. Bumble and requested him to say what he knew regarding Oliver.

Mr. Bumble said that Oliver was a boy, born of low and vicious parents.That from his birth he displayed no better qualities than treachery, ingratitude, and malice.That he ended his brief career in the place of his birth by making an attack on the undertaker's apprentice, and running away in the night-time from his master's house.

'I fear it is all too true,' said Mr. Brownlow sorrowfully. And then he added that he would gladly give the beadle treblethe money if Mr. Bumble had any favourable information about the boy. Of course Mr. Bumble could give very different colouring to his little history, but it was too late to do it now. So he shook his head gravely, and, pocketing the five guineas, withdrew.

Mr. Brownlow paced the room to and fro for some minutes. At length he stopped, and rang the bell violently.

'Mrs. Bedwin,' said Mr. Brownlow, when the housekeeper appeared; 'that boy, Oliver, is an imposter.'

'It can't be, sir. It cannot be,' said the old lady energetically.

'I tell you he is,' retorted the old gentleman. 'What do you mean by can't be? We have just heard a full account of him from his birth; and he has been a little villain all his life.'

'I never will believe it, sir,' replied the old lady, firmly. 'Never! He was a dear, grateful, gentle child, sir,' retorted Mrs. Bedwin, indignantly. 'Iknow what children are, sir; and I have done these forty years, and people who can't say the same...'

'Silence!' said the old gentleman. This was a hard hit at Mr. Grimwig, who was a bachelor.'Never let me hear the boy's name again. Never. Never, on any pretence, mind! You may leave the room, Mrs. Bedwin.'

It was a chill, damp, windy night, when Fagin, pulling the collar up over his ears, went out from his den. The mud lay thick upon the stones, and a black mist hung over the streets. It was raining. He hurried through several alleys and streets, and at length turned into one, lighted only by a single lamp at the farther end. He knocked at one of the doors.

A dog growled as he touched the handle of a room-door; and a man's voice demanded who was there.

'Only me, Bill; only me, my dear,' said the old man looking in.

'Fagin, you must find us a boy. I want a boy,and he mustn't be a big one!' said Mr. Sikes.

Fagin nodded his head towards Nancy, who was still gazing at the fire.

'Now, Fagin,' said Nancy with a laugh. 'Tell Bill at once, about Oliver!'

'Ha! You're a clever one, my dear: the sharpest girl I've ever seen! I was going to speak about Oliver, sure enough. Ha! Ha! Ha!'

'What about him?' demanded Sikes.

'He's the boy for you, my dear,' replied Fagin in a hoarse whisper, grinning frightfully.

'Well, he is just the size I want,' said Mr. Sikes.

'And he will do everything you want, Bill, my dear,' continued Fagin; 'if you frighten him enough. I've thought of it all. Once let him feel that he is one of us; once fill his mind with the idea that he has been a thief; and he's ours! Ours for his life. He must be in the same boat with us.'

'When is it to be done?' asked Nancy.

'I planned with Toby, the night after to-morrow,' rejoined Sikes.

'Good,' said the old man, 'there's no moon.'

Sikes nodded. 'You'd better bring the boy here tomorrow night. Then you hold your tongue, and that's all you'll have to do.'

After some discussion, in which all three took an active part, it was decided that Nancy would go to Fagin's place next evening and bring Oliver.

'Good-night,' said the old man and went back to his place where the Dodger was sitting up, impatiently awaiting his return.

'Is Oliver in bed? I want to speak to him,' was his first remark as Fagin returned back.

'Hours ago,' replied the Dodger. 'Here he is!'

The boy was lying, fast asleep, on a rude bed upon the floor; so pale with anxiety, and sadness.

'Not now,' said the old man, turning softly away. 'To-morrow. To-morrow.'


Helpful Words & Notes

guinean — гинея; золотая английская монета, чеканилась в 1663-1817 гг., с 1717 г. равнялась 21 шиллингу

catching at the inquiry very quickly— быстро уловив тон вопроса

born of low and vicious parents— родился от порочных родителей низкого происхождения

displayed no better qualities than treachery, ingratitude, and malice— проявил не лучшие качества — вероломство, неблагодарность и злость

trebleadj — тройной, утроенный

impostern — мошенник

indignantlyadv — возмущенно

bachelorn — холостяк



Answer the questions.

1)Where did Mr. Bumble read the advertisement?

2) Who could get the reward and what for?

3) Where did Mr. Bumble go?

4) Whom did Mr. Bumble speak to?

5) What did Mr. Bumble say about Oliver?

6) Under what conditions could Mr. Bumble get treble the money?

7) What did Mr. Brownlow say to Mrs. Bedwin?

8) Did Mrs. Bedwin agree with Mr. Brownlow?

9) Where did Fagin go?

10) What did Bill Sikes want?

11) What did they decide to do?

12) What was Oliver doing when Fagin came back?

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