‘Please Sir, I Want Some More!’ : Oliver was elected as the unwilling spokesman for all the hungry children.
‘Please Sir, I Want Some More!’

From ‘Oliver Twist’, by Charles Dickens (1812-1870).

Little orphan Oliver Twist was being ‘cared for’ in a Victorian workhouse. The government officials who ran it dined well, but the boys went hungry every day, and finally decided to do something about it.

A COUNCIL was held; lots were cast who should walk up to the master after supper that evening, and ask for more; and it fell to Oliver Twist.

The evening arrived; the boys took their places. The master, in his cook’s uniform, stationed himself at the copper; his pauper assistants ranged themselves behind him; the gruel was served out; and a long grace was said over the short commons. The gruel disappeared; the boys whispered each other, and winked at Oliver; while his next neighbours nudged him. Child as he was, he was desperate with hunger, and reckless with misery. He rose from the table; and advancing to the master, basin and spoon in hand, said: somewhat alarmed at his own temerity:

“Please, sir, I want some more.”

From ‘Oliver Twist’, by Charles Dickens (1812-1870).

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