Page:Oliver Twist (1838) vol. 1.djvu/152

This page has been proofread, but needs to be validated.
134
OLIVER TWIST.

CHAPTER IX.

Containing further particulars concerning the pleasant Old Gentleman, and his hopeful pupils.

It was late next morning when Oliver awoke from a sound, long sleep. There was no other person in the room but the old Jew, who was boiling some coffee in a saucepan for breakfast, and whistling softly to himself as he stirred it round and round with an iron spoon. He would stop every now and then to listen when there was the least noise below; and, when he had satisfied himself, he would go on whistling and stirring again as before.

Although Oliver had roused himself from sleep, he was not thoroughly awake. There is a drowsy state, between sleeping and wakening, when you dream more in five minutes with your eyes half open, and yourself half