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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...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)
...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)