1 O liver’s early life
O liver Twist was born in a workhouse
，and when he arrived in this hard world，it was very doubtful
whether he would live beyond the first three minutes．He lay on a hard little bed and struggled to start breathing．
eg: The children were taken from the workhouse.
eg: I'm doubtful whether she is still alive.
O liver fought his first battle
without much assistance
from the two people present at his birth．One was an old woman，who was nearly always drunk， and the other was a busy local
doctor，who was not paid enough to be very interested in O liver’s survival． After all，death was a common event in the workhouse，where only the poor and homeless
eg: The battle is not always to the strong.
However，O liver managed to draw his first breath，and then announced his arrival to the rest of the workhouse by crying loudly．His mother raised her pale young face from the pillow and whispered， ‘Let me see the child， and die．’
解析：announce 宣布、通知，名词形式为announcement 公告、通告
eg: Doctor announced that the senator has brain cancer.
The doctor turned away from the fire， where he had been warming his hands． ‘You must not talk about dying yet，’he said to her kindly．He gave her the child to hold．Lovingly，she kissed the baby on its forehead with her cold white lips
，then stared wildly around the room，fell back-and died. ‘Poor dear！’said the nurse，hurriedly putting a green glass bottle back in the pocket of her long skirt.
The doctor began to put on his coat． ‘The baby is weak and will probably
have difficulties，’ he said． ‘If so， give it a little milk to keep it quiet．’The n he looked at the dead woman. ‘The mother was a good－looking girl．Where did she come from？’
《雾都孤儿》，原名《奥利弗游记》，是英国作家Charles John Huffam Dickens的代表作之一。在这部著作中，Dickens用一支笔把对于社会上千百万个孤苦无告的弱小者的无限同情和深切爱怜都倾注在了奥利弗这个儿童主角的身上，其笔下善恶之花齐放，充满了浓厚的浪漫主义情调和人文主义关怀。今天小编带来的就是本书第十四章的部分选段，快和小编一起感受一下它的魅力吧。