Although Oliver is searched, and nothing is found on him, he is locked up; and while Mr. Fang, the police magistrate, questions the gentleman, Mr. Brownlow, who was robbed, all seems hopeless until the bookstall owner arrives as a witness to prove that Oliver is innocent. Mr. Brownlow takes Oliver home with him.
Oliver, being very ill, is overseen and cared for by a sweet old woman, Mrs. Bedwin, and after several days he is able to sit up and leave his bed. In another room, where he is given broth to revive himself, he sees a portrait of a lady that is very becoming to him; and when Mr. Brownlow enters the room, he sees qualities in Oliver that resemble the portrait, too. Hmm.
As for Dodger and Bates, they inform Fagin of Oliver’s capture, which infuriates Fagin. Then a new character, Mr. William Sikes, enters, who also is anxious about Oliver being apprehended; therefore, they send Nancy to inquire of his detainment at the police office, only to learn that he was released and taken home by the gentleman. Now they are left searching Oliver’s whereabouts.
The next morning, the portrait of the lady has been removed on account that it should no longer distress Oliver. In addition, Oliver is called into Mr. Brownlow’s study to answer questions about his life when Brownlow’s friend, Mr. Grimwig, interrupts them; and when Mr. Brownlow trusts and employs Oliver to return some books to the bookstall for him, Grimwig is certain that Oliver will never return.
Poor Oliver! On his way to the bookstall, he takes a wrong turn, and though he seems to be on his way to correcting his mistake, he is grabbed by Nancy who accuses him of running away from home, to which all bystanders believe to be true. Even Sikes joins in rebuking him, adding to the scene; and there is no one to help little Oliver because the scene is all too common.