Oliver is an orphan who lives in the workhouse with other very poor He has to work hard all day and has very little food at meal times. In this part of the story Oliver finds himself in big trouble because he has been chosen by the other boys to make a very simple request!
The evening arrived, the boys took their places. The master, in his cook's uniform, himself at the copper; his pauper assistants ranged
themselves behind him; the gruel was served out; and the long grace was said over the short commons. The gruel next neighbours nudged him. Child as he was, he was 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, sir, I want some more.'
The master was a fat, healthy man; but he very pale. He gazed in stupified astonishment on the small rebel for some seconds; and then clung for support to the copper. The were
paralysed with wonder, the boys with fear.
'What!' said the master at in a faint voice.
'Please, sir,' Oliver, 'I want some more.
The master aimed a blow at Oliver's head with the ladle, pinioned him in his arms, and aloud for the beadle.