Crackit, Chitling, and Kags, hiding out together in an dirty, abandoned building, discussing the end results of all the lives of those involved, either dead, in custody, or on the run, are startled when Sikes’ shows up; and when Bates enters shortly after, he attacks Sikes. Immediately following, a search party arrives, and in an attempt to escape from the roof, Sikes accidentally hangs himself, and his poor dog follows suit and dashes his brains out on a stone below. Poor, dog! (But Dickens had to destroy the dog because he is stained by a life of crime. He is one of them.)
This is the chapter where all is explained, the entire twisted story of all involved and how it came to be.
All characters are assembled, Mr. Brownlow begins: Oliver, half-brother to Monks, is the illegitimate son of Brownlow’s friend, Edwin Leeford, by Agnes Flemming, who died, we know.
Monks continues: When his father, Mr. Leeford, became ill and died, his wife, of whom he was separated, found a letter addressed to Mr. Brownlow admitting his affair with Agnes; the other paper, a will.
The letter to Brownlow (for Agnes) was a promise to divorce his wife and marry Agnes if he should outlive his illness, which he did not. He had already given Agnes the locket and ring, and asked her to hold on to it.
Brownlow spoke of the will: how it mentioned his painful marriage to Monk’s mother, and how she raised (Monks) to hate him, his father. His property was to be reserved for Agnes and Oliver, if he survived birth and avoided a life of crime; otherwise, Monks and his mother would receive the fortune. Ah ha!
Monks replies: my mother burned the will. Agnes’ father, who learned of her pregnancy, fled to Wales with Agnes and her sister, and changed their names, to hide her shame and his. Agnes fled, however, and her father died of a broken heart.
Monks continues: He was at his ill mother’s bedside when she told him these secrets, and he swore to find his half-brother and seek revenge.
Brownlow: Fagin, an accomplice of Monks, had a monetary interest in keeping Oliver trapped in a life of crime.
And Monks admits to buying the locket from the Bumbles, who were also present in the room, along with the two old women present at Sally's death, the nurse who took the locket from Agnes. (Are you following?)
It gets better.
Monks admits that he knows Rose. Brownlow reminds the audience that Agnes’ father had two daughters. What was the fate of the second girl?
Obviously, it is ROSE! Come on! You saw that coming, right?
And then Harry arrives to save the day. Ok, well, he leaves the door open for Rose to return her love to him, now that he has sacrificed his ambitions of political office for one of the church, and you know what is going to happen next…
A long description of what it must be like to await your fate of death after a miserable life of hurting others; Fagin is going to hang, but not before he sees Oliver for the last time, who is most forgiving, and Fagin admits to Mr. Brownlow the location of the papers Monks gave to him concerning Oliver’s identity.
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...how the two orphans, tried by adversity, remembered its lessons in mercy to others and mutual love, and fervent thanks to Him who had protected and preserved them...