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'Oliver Twist,' and how the work of Charles Dickens is widely based upon the social conditions of the period

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Right from Mr Gamfield's entrance we are wary and suspicious of him, and do not trust him as a potential master for Oliver. Mr Gamfield also hits his donkey "as a caution not to run away in his absence", and this also relates to the way in which Oliver would probably be treated by him, because he probably would attempt to run away at some point. Then to make matters worse, we gain a dislike for the gentleman in the white waistcoat, as we are told that he thinks that "Mr Gamfield was exactly the sort of master Oliver Twist wanted." When Mr Limbkins states, "It's a nasty trade", this demonstrates two things. The first is that he is actually showing some compassion towards Oliver, and the second is that he is actually trying to take his responsibility seriously. He is not willing to just get rid of Oliver as soon as possible, but wants to be certain that he will be taken care of. The gentleman in the white waistcoat then changes his mind and agrees with Mr Limbkins. However, the original low opinion of Mr Limbkins that we are given, is a false one. Mr Limbkins wants rid of Oliver as much as anyone else. He is actually just haggling with Mr Gamfield and trying to hide this fact. ...read more.

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