A frustrating chapter with Mr. Fagin, Bates, Dodger, and Mr. Chitling conversing, drinking, and playing a game, when Mr. Toby Crackit appears, but demands to eat and drink and catch his breath before he will even begin to tell the whereabouts of Sikes and Oliver; and when he finally concludes that the boy was hit and that they left him in a ditch, alive or dead, the chapter abruptly ends…
Fagin is off immediately to find intelligence on Sikes and the boy, which leads him to Sikes’ place, and he learns nothing more from Nancy except that Sikes has not been home. After Fagin returns to his neighborhood, he is met by a man whom he refers to as Mr. Monk, and they enter Fagin’s apartment to discuss some of the particulars to the botched robbery, but are interrupted by what Monk thinks is a woman; yet, after searching the place, they find no one.
Mr. Dickens, our author, returns to the scene whereas he left Mr. Bumble waiting patiently, though occupying himself pleasantly with the inventory of Mrs. Corney’s belongings, until, that is, Mrs. Corney returns from witnessing the death of the old pauper, Sally: and when she returns and calms down after being emotionally distraught from all that she has heard, Mr. Bumble treats her to a marriage proposal, a prospect which greatly pleases him.
Revisit Sikes and Crackit at the moment after the robbery abandoning Oliver in order to save themselves from their pursuers: Mr. Giles, the butler and steward of the mansion, Brittles, a work lad, and a traveling tinker who overheard the commotion. When the chase was over, because fear overtook the three pursuers, they return to the mansion; and Oliver, who was revived from the rain at sunrise, found his way to the mansion in hopes to at least die in the presence of humans and knocked at the door: he was received inside, and when the lady of the mansion learned who it was, she requested that he be treated with kindness. Yay!
The author introduces the readers to the ladies of the mansion, Mrs. Maylie, the older woman, and Miss Rose, the younger lady of seventeen, and the neighborhood surgeon, Mr. Losberne, who tends to the little patient upstairs. What the women do not understand is that the intruder is only just a boy; and now the doctor encourages them to see him.
Both ladies are astounded that so young a child would be involved in criminal activity, to which the surgeon explains:
…crime, like death, is not confined to the old and withered alone. The youngest and fairest are too often its chosen victims.
When Oliver awakens, he is able to tell his side of the story, causing all his hearers to be empathetic; meanwhile, two officers arrive to evaluate the circumstances of the crime committed.
While the officers, Blathers and Duff, inspect the scene and discuss the particulars between themselves, Rose, Mrs. Maylie, and the surgeon are considering a way to suppress Oliver’s connection to the crime, but the officers are able to figure out through the investigation that two men and a boy were involved; however, Giles tells the officers that he can not be certain that Oliver was involved, and the officers leave the premises.