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Summary Chapter 32

Oliver suffers from fever and ague, as well as a broken limb. His health has been compromised. He is very grateful to the kind ladies and prays he will one day be able to repay them. Rose tells him they are going to take him to the country, hoping the quiet and fresh air will restore him. She is happy they were able to rescue him. Oliver thinks about his old friends, Mr. Brownlow and Mrs. Bedwin. Mr. Losberne has agreed to take Oliver to see them when he is better.

The doctor keeps his promise when Oliver recovers. Oliver pales when he sees the house the thieves took him to and points it out. The doctor goes up to the house and seizes a hunchbacked man who opens the door. However, the inside doesn’t match Oliver’s description. He assumes Oliver made a mistake. The doctor feels like an arse. He realizes that even if the culprits had been there, he couldn’t have done anything by himself. He chides himself for always acting on impulses. He still believes Oliver’s story, since the boy’s replies have remained consistent.

Oliver knows the name of Mr. Brownlow’s street. He points out the house when they arrive. However, the house has a rental sign in front of it. A neighbor’s servant tells him that Mr. Brownlow sold off his goods six weeks ago and went to the West Indies. The housekeeper and a friend of his also went with him. Oliver asks to go see the bookstall keeper. The doctor says too much disappointment is not good for either of them. They return home. Oliver is aggrieved, for he wanted to clear his name to his friends and tell them of his gratitude.

Mrs. Maylie and Rose leave with Oliver to their cottage in the country, leaving Giles to take care of the hosue. Olvier finds the country soothing and delights in being there. He learns to read and write better from a gentleman who tutors him. Sometimes he thinks about his mother when he sees the graves in the cemetery and weeps. His days, though, are tranquil and without worries. When they go to church, he takes pride in being able to read a chapter from the Bible. He spends much time in the company of his two benefactresses. He also learns a bit about gardening.

For three months, their lives go on like this. Oliver grows attached to the women, and they grow attach to him. 

Charles Dickens