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Cloze Text - Oliver Twist - Charles Dickens

Oliver TwistThe text is a synopsis of Oliver Twist, one of the most famous novels by Charles Dickens.
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Section One
being= essere -- caught= catturato -- expelled= espulso -- fairy tale= fiaba -- fight= rissa -- hungry= affamato -- nurse= nutrice -- parish= parrocchia -- shelter= rifugio -- stolen= rubato -- thief= ladro -- wrongly= a torto

Section Two
errand= commissione -- fever= febbre -- gratitude= gratitudine -- noise= rumore -- nurses= accudisce -- pity= pietà -- regains= riprende -- same= stessi/a -- servants= servi -- size= grandezza -- to steal= rubare -- wounded= ferito

Section Three
arranges= organizza -- both= sia -- danger= pericolo -- further= ulteriore/i -- kind= buono -- offers= offre -- known= noto -- overhears= sente per caso -- seeks out= cerca -- to betray= tradire

Section Four
dead= morto/i -- despite= nonostante -- first= primo/a -- followed= seguito/a -- forced= obbligato/a -- half-brother= fratellastro -- hung= impiccato -- murders= uccide -- news= notizia -- to deprive= privare -- tracked= rintracciato -- while= mentre
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Section One

Oliver Twist is more an allegorical than a novel, since the characters are generally symbolic figures. Actually, the entire book leaves the readers with the feeling of in a nightmare.

Oliver's early life is spent with a who looks after the poor orphans of the . From there he is sent to the workhouse. He is from the workhouse for asking for more food. He is then apprenticed to an undertaker, but having been provoked into a with another boy working there, runs away.

Tired, and near desperation he meets a boy (the Artful Dodger) who offers to help him to find food and in London. The Artful Dodger takes him to Fagin's home, where Fagin sets about making a of him. On his first outing he is trying to run away after his companions have an elderly gentleman's purse. He is proved innocent, and feeling sorry for having accused him , the old gentleman, whose name is Brownlow, takes Oliver into his care.

Section Two

Having recovered from a bad , Oliver volunteers to run an for the old gentleman to show his , but on his way he is recaptured by Nancy, who takes him to Fagin. Because of his he is chosen to help burgle a country house. He does not want anything, but is forced to enter the house by Sikes and his accomplice. He makes a , is heard, discovered and shot at. He is and left for dead by Sikes. When he consciousness he goes in search of someone to help him. He sees a house but it is the one he was wounded in. He is too tired to look for another and rings the bell. At first the of the house are happy for having caught the thief, but when they see how small and sick he is they take on him. Rose Mailey, the young lady of the house, looks after him and him back to health.

Section Three

Meanwhile, a mysterious stranger, to all as Monks, is plotting with Fagin to recapture Oliver and make a thief of him. But Nancy them plotting and Oliver to warn him. She tells Rose Maylie of the threatening him, and the young lady, in turn, seeks out Mr Brownlow, the old gentleman who had first taken Oliver in. Nancy, placing herself in great danger, to meet both the young lady and the old gentleman to give them information. She refuses her companions and rejects the young lady and the old gentleman's of assistance, out of love for Sikes.

Section Four

Unfortunately she has been and Fagin hears of her betrayal. He informs Sikes, knowing what reaction it will provoke. Sikes in his turn confronts Nancy, and her protestations of innocence, he her as she prays for forgiveness. He escapes into the country, but the of the murder haunts him, as does the constant memory of Nancy's eyes. He returns to London, but is hunted down, and eventually hangs himself trying to escape. Meanwhile, the old gentleman has down and confronted the mysterious Monks, who is actually Oliver's , and who has been trying Oliver of his rightful inheritance. He is to surrender his money to Oliver and leave the country. Fagin is caught, tried and , while Oliver eventually finds confort, peace and love for the time in his life.
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Section One
Oliver Twist is more an allegorical fairy tale than a novel, since the characters are generally symbolic figures. Actually, the entire book leaves the readers with the feeling of being in a nightmare.

Oliver's early life is spent with a nurse who looks after the poor orphans of the parish. From there he is sent to the workhouse. He is expelled from the workhouse for asking for more food. He is then apprenticed to an undertaker, but having been provoked into a fight with another boy working there, runs away.

Tired, hungry and near desperation he meets a boy (the Artful Dodger) who offers to help him to find food and shelter in London. The Artful Dodger takes him to Fagin's home, where Fagin sets about making a thief of him. On his first outing he is caught trying to run away after his companions have stolen an elderly gentleman's purse. He is proved innocent, and feeling sorry for having accused him wrongly, the old gentleman, whose name is Brownlow, takes Oliver into his care.

Section Two
Having recovered from a bad fever, Oliver volunteers to run an errand for the old gentleman to show his gratitude, but on his way he is recaptured by Nancy, who takes him to Fagin. Because of his size he is chosen to help burgle a country house. He does not want to steal anything, but is forced to enter the house by Sikes and his accomplice. He makes a noise, is heard, discovered and shot at. He is wounded and left for dead by Sikes. When he regains consciousness he goes in search of someone to help him. He sees a house but it is the same one he was wounded in. He is too tired to look for another and rings the bell. At first the servants of the house are happy for having caught the thief, but when they see how small and sick he is they take pity on him. Rose Mailey, the young lady of the house, looks after him and nurses him back to health.

Section Three
Meanwhile, a mysterious stranger, known to all as Monks, is plotting with Fagin to recapture Oliver and make a thief of him. But Nancy overhears them plotting and seeks out Oliver to warn him. She tells Rose Maylie of the danger threatening him, and the young lady, in turn, seeks out Mr Brownlow, the kind old gentleman who had first taken Oliver in. Nancy, placing herself in great danger, arranges to meet both the young lady and the old gentleman to give them further information. She refuses to betray her companions and rejects both the young lady and the old gentleman's offers of assistance, out of love for Sikes.

Section Four
Unfortunately she has been followed and Fagin hears of her betrayal. He informs Sikes, knowing what reaction it will provoke. Sikes in his turn confronts Nancy, and despite her protestations of innocence, he murders her as she prays for forgiveness. He escapes into the country, but the news of the murder haunts him, as does the constant memory of Nancy's dead eyes. He returns to London, but is hunted down, and eventually hangs himself while trying to escape. Meanwhile, the old gentleman has tracked down and confronted the mysterious Monks, who is actually Oliver's half brother, and who has been trying to deprive Oliver of his rightful inheritance. He is forced to surrender his money to Oliver and leave the country. Fagin is caught, tried and hung, while Oliver eventually finds confort, peace and love for the first time in his life.