Oliver's unwed mother, Agnes was engaged to Oliver's father, Edwin, but Edwin died before they could be married; Agnes was pregnant when Edwin died. Agnes gives birth to Oliver in a poorhouse, since her family has abandoned her in the wake of her pregnancy—at the novel's end, the narrator says that, though she was a fine woman, and beautiful, Agnes was "weak and erring," because of her dalliance with Edwin before their marriage.
Agnes Fleming Quotes in Oliver Twist
The Oliver Twist quotes below are all either spoken by Agnes Fleming or refer to Agnes Fleming. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one: Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Dover Publications edition of Oliver Twist published in 2002.).
Chapter 53 Quotes
I believe that the shade of Agnes sometimes hovers round that solemn nook [in the country church]. I believe it none the les, because that nook is in a Church, and she was weak and erring.
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Agnes Fleming Character Timeline in Oliver Twist
The timeline below shows where the character Agnes Fleming appears in Oliver Twist. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
...because of their misguided efforts. Since it was only the surgeon, an attending old woman, Oliver's mother , and Oliver at the birth, however, Oliver was allowed simply to "fight with Nature,"... (full context)
Sowerberry returns at this point. Mrs. Sowerberry insists that whatever Noah said about Oliver's mother was true, but Oliver becomes enraged at this, and shouts to Mrs. Sowerberry that these... (full context)
...brothers, that their father is Edwin Leeford, and that Oliver's mother is a woman named Agnes Fleming. Monks says aloud that Oliver is his "bastard" brother, but Brownlow immediately corrects this,... (full context)
...it is declared that Rose is the younger daughter of the naval captain—the sister of Agnes Fleming, Oliver's mother. This means that Rose is Oliver's aunt. Rose is thrilled to know... (full context)