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- Never, on any pretence, mind!Chapter 17 — Oliver's Destiny Continuing Unpropitious, Brings a Great.... (98% in)
- This was far from being a place of doubtful character; for it had long been known as the residence of none but low ruffians, who, under various pretences of living by their labour, subsisted chiefly on plunder and crime.Chapter 38 — Containing an Account of What Passed Between Mr. and Mrs.... (7% in)
- When they arrived there, Rose left Oliver in the coach, under pretence of preparing the old gentleman to receive him; and sending up her card by the servant, requested to see Mr. Brownlow on very pressing business.Chapter 41 — Containing Fresh Discoveries, and Showing that Surprises.... (24% in)
- In an instant, the lad entered the room adjoining, and, under pretence of snuffing the candle, moved it in the required position, and, speaking to the girl, caused her to raise her face.Chapter 45 — Noah Claypole is Employed by Fagin on a Secret Mission (82% in)
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