Oliver Twist

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Edward Leeford Character Analysis

Married first to Monks' mother, and then engaged to Agnes Fleming, Oliver's father dies in Rome after having claimed his inheritance, which he intended to pass on to Oliver and Agnes. This money, instead, went to Monks' mother and to Monks, thus precipitating much of the drama in the novel—Agnes' giving birth to Oliver in a poorhouse, and Oliver's travails in finding out his true identity.
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Edward Leeford Character Timeline in Oliver Twist

The timeline below shows where the character Edward Leeford appears in Oliver Twist. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 49
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It is revealed by Monks, when the servants have gone, that Monks is Brownlow's "father's oldest friend." This is, naturally, a shock to the reader but not to the two... (full context)
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...first admit that this is true. But Brownlow continues: Brownlow knows, he says, that Monks' father and mother were brought together in marriage by Monks' grandfather, that Monks' father never wanted... (full context)
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Meanwhile, in England, Monks' father became friends with a naval officer with two daughters—one nineteen, and the other only two... (full context)
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Brownlow knows this because Monks' father stopped to see Brownlow on his way to Europe to collect his inheritance. At this... (full context)
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...for Oliver. Monks tells Brownlow he cannot prove that Oliver is the child of Monks' father and this woman. But Brownlow says he can—he has found out that Monks' mother destroyed... (full context)
Chapter 51
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...brings Monks before Oliver, and declares that Monks and Oliver are half brothers, that their father is Edward Leeford, Sr., and that Oliver's mother is a woman named Agnes Fleming. Monks... (full context)