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parish
used in Oliver Twist

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a local church community

or in Louisiana:  a jurisdiction of government like a county
  • The hungry and destitute situation of the infant orphan was duly reported by the workhouse authorities to the parish authorities.
    Chapter 2 — Treats of Oliver Twist's Growth, Education, and Board (1% in)
  • OLIVER TWIST OR THE PARISH BOY'S PROGRESS BY CHARLES DICKENS CHAPTER I TREATS OF THE PLACE WHERE OLIVER TWIST WAS BORN AND OF THE CIRCUMSTANCES ATTENDING HIS BIRTH Among other public buildings in a certain town, which for many reasons it will be prudent to refrain from mentioning, and to which I will assign no fictitious name, there is one anciently common to most towns, great or small: to wit, a workhouse; and in this workhouse was born; on a day and date which I need not trouble...
    Chapter 1 — Treats of the place where Oliver Twist was Born and.... (0% in)
  • For a long time after it was ushered into this world of sorrow and trouble, by the parish surgeon, it remained a matter of considerable doubt whether the child would survive to bear any name at all; in which case it is somewhat more than probable that these memoirs would never have appeared; or, if they had, that being comprised within a couple of pages, they would have possessed the inestimable merit of being the most concise and faithful specimen of biography, extant in the...
    Chapter 1 — Treats of the place where Oliver Twist was Born and.... (12% in)
  • There being nobody by, however, but a pauper old woman, who was rendered rather misty by an unwonted allowance of beer; and a parish surgeon who did such matters by contract; Oliver and Nature fought out the point between them.
    Chapter 1 — Treats of the place where Oliver Twist was Born and.... (35% in)
  • The result was, that, after a few struggles, Oliver breathed, sneezed, and proceeded to advertise to the inmates of the workhouse the fact of a new burden having been imposed upon the parish, by setting up as loud a cry as could reasonably have been expected from a male infant who had not been possessed of that very useful appendage, a voice, for a much longer space of time than three minutes and a quarter.
    Chapter 1 — Treats of the place where Oliver Twist was Born and.... (40% in)
  • But now that he was enveloped in the old calico robes which had grown yellow in the same service, he was badged and ticketed, and fell into his place at once—a parish child—the orphan of a workhouse—the humble, half-starved drudge—to be cuffed and buffeted through the world—despised by all, and pitied by none.
    Chapter 1 — Treats of the place where Oliver Twist was Born and.... (95% in)
  • The parish authorities inquired with dignity of the workhouse authorities, whether there was no female then domiciled in 'the house' who was in a situation to impart to Oliver Twist, the consolation and nourishment of which he stood in need.
    Chapter 2 — Treats of Oliver Twist's Growth, Education, and Board (2% in)
  • Upon this, the parish authorities magnanimously and humanely resolved, that Oliver should be 'farmed,' or, in other words, that he should be dispatched to a branch-workhouse some three miles off, where twenty or thirty other juvenile offenders against the poor-laws, rolled about the floor all day, without the inconvenience of too much food or too much clothing, under the parental superintendence of an elderly female, who received the culprits at and for the consideration of...
    Chapter 2 — Treats of Oliver Twist's Growth, Education, and Board (3% in)
  • Occasionally, when there was some more than usually interesting inquest upon a parish child who had been overlooked in turning up a bedstead, or inadvertently scalded to death when there happened to be a washing—though the latter accident was very scarce, anything approaching to a washing being of rare occurrence in the farm—the jury would take it into their heads to ask troublesome questions, or the parishioners would rebelliously affix their signatures to a remonstrance.
    Chapter 2 — Treats of Oliver Twist's Growth, Education, and Board (13% in)
  • But these impertinences were speedily checked by the evidence of the surgeon, and the testimony of the beadle; the former of whom had always opened the body and found nothing inside (which was very probable indeed), and the latter of whom invariably swore whatever the parish wanted; which was very self-devotional.
    Chapter 2 — Treats of Oliver Twist's Growth, Education, and Board (16% in)
  • 'Do you think this respectful or proper conduct, Mrs. Mann,' inquired Mr. Bumble, grasping his cane, 'to keep the parish officers a waiting at your garden-gate, when they come here upon porochial business with the porochial orphans?
    Chapter 2 — Treats of Oliver Twist's Growth, Education, and Board (26% in)
  • Notwithstanding the most superlative, and, I may say, supernat'ral exertions on the part of this parish,' said Bumble, 'we have never been able to discover who is his father, or what was his mother's settlement, name, or condition.'
    Chapter 2 — Treats of Oliver Twist's Growth, Education, and Board (40% in)
  • With the slice of bread in his hand, and the little brown-cloth parish cap on his head, Oliver was then led away by Mr. Bumble from the wretched home where one kind word or look had never lighted the gloom of his infant years.
    Chapter 2 — Treats of Oliver Twist's Growth, Education, and Board (52% in)
  • 'You know you've got no father or mother, and that you were brought up by the parish, don't you?'
    Chapter 2 — Treats of Oliver Twist's Growth, Education, and Board (64% in)
  • Oliver was ordered into instant confinement; and a bill was next morning pasted on the outside of the gate, offering a reward of five pounds to anybody who would take Oliver Twist off the hands of the parish.
    Chapter 2 — Treats of Oliver Twist's Growth, Education, and Board (97% in)
  • 'This here boy, sir, wot the parish wants to 'prentis,' said Mr. Gamfield.
    Chapter 3 — Relates How Oliver Twist was Very Near Getting a Palce.... (29% in)
  • 'If the parish vould like him to learn a right pleasant trade, in a good 'spectable chimbley-sweepin' bisness,' said Mr. Gamfield, 'I wants a 'prentis, and I am ready to take him.'
    Chapter 3 — Relates How Oliver Twist was Very Near Getting a Palce.... (29% in)
  • 'The kind and blessed gentleman which is so many parents to you, Oliver, when you have none of your own: are a going to 'prentice' you: and to set you up in life, and make a man of you: although the expense to the parish is three pound ten!
    Chapter 3 — Relates How Oliver Twist was Very Near Getting a Palce.... (58% in)
  • As Mr. Sowerberry said this, with the becoming indignation of an ill-used man; and as Mr. Bumble felt that it rather tended to convey a reflection on the honour of the parish; the latter gentleman thought it advisable to change the subject.
    Chapter 4 — Oliver, Being Offered Another Place, Makes His First.... (28% in)
  • So saying, he smiled, approvingly: to calm the rising wrath of the indignant parish officer.
    Chapter 4 — Oliver, Being Offered Another Place, Makes His First.... (45% in)
  • Mr. Sowerberry was closeted with the board for five minutes; and it was arranged that Oliver should go to him that evening 'upon liking'—a phrase which means, in the case of a parish apprentice, that if the master find, upon a short trial, that he can get enough work out of a boy without putting too much food into him, he shall have him for a term of years, to do what he likes with.
    Chapter 4 — Oliver, Being Offered Another Place, Makes His First.... (51% in)
  • When little Oliver was taken before 'the gentlemen' that evening; and informed that he was to go, that night, as general house-lad to a coffin-maker's; and that if he complained of his situation, or ever came back to the parish again, he would be sent to sea, there to be drowned, or knocked on the head, as the case might be, he evinced so little emotion, that they by common consent pronounced him a hardened young rascal, and ordered Mr. Bumble to remove him forthwith.
    Chapter 4 — Oliver, Being Offered Another Place, Makes His First.... (54% in)
  • I see no saving in parish children, not I; for they always cost more to keep, than they're worth.
    Chapter 4 — Oliver, Being Offered Another Place, Makes His First.... (86% in)
  • He needn't haven taken the trouble to shrink from Mr. Bumble's glance, however; for that functionary, on whom the prediction of the gentleman in the white waistcoat had made a very strong impression, thought that now the undertaker had got Oliver upon trial the subject was better avoided, until such time as he should be firmly bound for seven years, and all danger of his being returned upon the hands of the parish should be thus effectually and legally overcome.
    Chapter 5 — Oliver Mingles with New Associates. Going to a Funeral.... (58% in)
  • There was not so great a necessity for hurrying as Mr. Sowerberry had anticipated, however; for when they reached the obscure corner of the churchyard in which the nettles grew, and where the parish graves were made, the clergyman had not arrived; and the clerk, who was sitting by the vestry-room fire, seemed to think it by no means improbable that it might be an hour or so, before he came.
    Chapter 5 — Oliver Mingles with New Associates. Going to a Funeral.... (89% in)
  • 'They are both in a very low state, and we find it would come two pound cheaper to move 'em than to bury 'em—that is, if we can throw 'em upon another parish, which I think we shall be able to do, if they don't die upon the road to spite us.
    Chapter 17 — Oliver's Destiny Continuing Unpropitious, Brings a Great.... (34% in)
  • The scanty parish dress, the livery of his misery, hung loosely on his feeble body; and his young limbs had wasted away, like those of an old man.
    Chapter 17 — Oliver's Destiny Continuing Unpropitious, Brings a Great.... (42% in)
  • A parish beadle, or I'll eat my head.'
    Chapter 17 — Oliver's Destiny Continuing Unpropitious, Brings a Great.... (74% in)
  • There was another old woman watching by the bed; the parish apothecary's apprentice was standing by the fire, making a toothpick out of a quill.
    Chapter 24 — Treats on a Very Poor Subject. But is a Short One, and.... (14% in)
  • I ain't so weak for an old woman, although I am on parish allowance; no, no!'
    Chapter 24 — Treats on a Very Poor Subject. But is a Short One, and.... (37% in)
  • After making a tour of the house, and thinking, for the first time, that the poor-laws really were too hard on people; and that men who ran away from their wives, leaving them chargeable to the parish, ought, in justice to be visited with no punishment at all, but rather rewarded as meritorious individuals who had suffered much; Mr. Bumble came to a room where some of the female paupers were usually employed in washing the parish linen: when the sound of voices in conversation, now...
    Chapter 37 — In Which the Reader May Perceive a Contrast, Not Uncommon.... (41% in)
  • ...a tour of the house, and thinking, for the first time, that the poor-laws really were too hard on people; and that men who ran away from their wives, leaving them chargeable to the parish, ought, in justice to be visited with no punishment at all, but rather rewarded as meritorious individuals who had suffered much; Mr. Bumble came to a room where some of the female paupers were usually employed in washing the parish linen: when the sound of voices in conversation, now proceeded.
    Chapter 37 — In Which the Reader May Perceive a Contrast, Not Uncommon.... (43% in)
  • 'And the place, the crazy hole, wherever it was, in which miserable drabs brought forth the life and health so often denied to themselves—gave birth to puling children for the parish to rear; and hid their shame, rot 'em in the grave!'
    Chapter 37 — In Which the Reader May Perceive a Contrast, Not Uncommon.... (81% in)

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