By Charles Dickens
Oliver Twist is the story of a boy born outside of marriage, brought up in an orphan's institution that starves its children to death. Escaping from this horror to London, the boy Oliver falls in with a gang of criminal children led by a grown up, Fagin. Oliver is, at last, looked after, fed and clothed - the gang treat Oliver with some kindness where he has had only brutality from so-called "respectable society" - but the gang also leads Oliver into a life of crime and peril, and he is soon in trouble. Oliver is rescued by a wealthy victim (in fact his grandfather). But the rest of the gang are not so lucky, and Oliver sees the full force of brutality unleashed on his former criminal comrades. It is a bitter sweet lesson.