Oliver, in London, falls in with the "Artful Dodger", Fagin, Bill Sikes, and others. He is exploited by these characters until he is revealed as a person of respectable stock. The villains then receive their just reward. "OliverTwist" shows Dickens' ability to create memorable - even when exaggerated - characters.
"Oliver Twist" was serialized in 1837 and published as a book in 1838,