General Poetry posted March 14, 2018

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Mr Brownlow

Oliver Twist - 8th helping

by Dolly'sPoems

"My name, sir," said the old gentleman,
"Is Mr Brownlow."
"Officer!' said Mr. Fang,
"What's the charge for this fellow."
"He's not charged at all,"
was the Officer's reply.
"He appears against the boy?"
Mr Fang then gave a sigh.

"He appears against the boy, does he?"
Mr. Fang surveyed,
contemptuously from head to foot.
he was totally dismayed.
"Swear him in!" Fang commanded,
"Before I am sworn,
I must beg to say one word,"
Mr Brownlow blew his horn.

"Without this actual experience,
I could not have believed--"
"Hold your tongue, sir!" said Mr. Fang
Mr Brownlow felt deceived.
"I will not, sir!" He replied.
"Hold your tongue this instant,
or I'll have you turned out!"
Mr Fang was most insistent.


Just in case you dont know the story. Oliver is arrested for a theft he did not commit. Mr Brownlow is the victim. He is a kind old gentleman and nervous that he may have the wrong theif. The magistrate is used to dealing with low common ignorant and uneducated criminals and when he comes across Mr Brownlow his authority comes into question and he is most put out by Mr Brownlows attitude. Justice was rarely fair in those days and confusion in the courts meant that many innocent people were thrown in prison. Many of them trying to survive by stealing a loaf of bread. This is just a snippet of the book I am writing called, Oliver Twist in Rhyme.
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