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Oliver Twist
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  • ’Well, and what if he did, you little ungrateful wretch?’ said Mrs. Sowerberry.
  • ’Oh, you little wretch!’ screamed Charlotte: seizing Oliver with her utmost force, which was about equal to that of a moderately strong man in particularly good training.
  • ’Young wretch!’ said one woman.
  • Isn’t that enough for the old wretch, without blows?’
  • ’I never see such a hardened little wretch!’
  • Why, you little wretch—’
  • The wretch!’
  • ’It is my living; and the cold, wet, dirty streets are my home; and you’re the wretch that drove me to them long ago, and that’ll keep me there, day and night, day and night, till I die!’
  • ’Oh no, indeed, sir,’ replied Oliver, shuddering at the very recollection of the old wretch’s countenance; ’I saw him too plainly for that.
  • Bleak, dark, and piercing cold, it was a night for the well-housed and fed to draw round the bright fire and thank God they were at home; and for the homeless, starving wretch to lay him down and die.
  • Weak with recent illness; stupified by the blows and the suddenness of the attack; terrified by the fierce growling of the dog, and the brutality of the man; overpowered by the conviction of the bystanders that he really was the hardened little wretch he was described to be; what could one poor child do!
  • ’Was there no one by?’ asked Monks, in the same hollow whisper; ’No sick wretch or idiot in some other bed?
  • Isn’t there anybody here,’ she said, looking round, ’that will see a simple message carried for a poor wretch like me?’
  • Still the current poured on to find some nook or hole from which to vent their shouts, and only for an instant see the wretch.

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  • Pity the poor wretch.
  • If you pay the blackmail, you will remain at the mercy of the unscrupulous wretch.

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