OK, so we all know that Fagin is nasty man. He ruins the lives of children for monetary gain. Even the pictures in my book make me want to hate him.
So, I was confused at the end of Chapter 19 when Fagin sees a sleeping Oliver looking like death warmed over (only Dickens puts this much more beautifully) and decides to put off burdening him with new troubles until a new day, going softly away so as not to disturb him. Then, at the beginning of Chapter 20, he takes the time to warn Oliver about Sikes before their journey. Both of these actions seem rather unlike the Fagin we know. Is he having a change of heart? Will his character change? Is Dickens trying to show us that even the most hardened criminals have a heart buried somewhere deep inside?
OK, readers – help me out.