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THE greater part of this Tale was originally published in a magazine. When I completed it and put it forth in its present form, it was objected to on some high moral grounds in some high moral quarters.
It was, it seemed, a coarse and shocking cerium stance, that some of the characters in these pages are chosen from the most criminal and degraded of Lon don’s population;
that Sikes is a thief, and Fagin a receiver of stolen goods; that the boys are pickpockets, 3 and the girl is a prostitute.
have yet to learn that a lesson of the purest good I may not be drawn from the vilest evil.
I have always believed this to be a recognized and established truth, laid down by the greatest men the world has ever seen, constantly acted upon by the best and wisest natures, and confirmed by the reason and experience of every thinking mind.
I saw no reason, when I wrote this book, why the dregs of life, so long as their speech did not offend the ear, should not serve the purpose of a moral, at least as well as its froth and cream.
Nor did I doubt that there lay festering in Saint Giles’s as good materials towards the truth as any to be found in Saint James’s. In this spirit, when I wished to show, in little Oliver,
the principle of Good surviving through every adverse circumstance, and triumphing at last; and when I considered among what companions I could try him best, having regard to that kind of men into whose hand.
he would most naturally fall; I bethought myself of those who figure in these volumes. When I came to discuss the subject more maturely with myself, I saw many strong reasons for pursuing the course to which I was inclined.
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