In Charles Dickens's novel Oliver Twist, how does the author use Mr. Giles and Brittles as comic relief in Chapter 28?

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After the attempted robbery of the mansion, the household servants Giles and Brittles spin a dramatic tale of their personal heroism for the rest of the household staff, a tale which they are able to embellish even further when the injured and bloody Oliver Twist lands at the front door, barely able to move.  He is immediately "captured", creating excitement and more drama in the household as he is taken upstairs where Mrs. Maylie, the lady of the home, is breakfasting with her niece. 

The men's triumph is short lived, because upon seeing that the "captured" wanna-be thief is a little boy "worn with pain and exhaustion" Mrs. Maylie announces her intention, at the behest of her niece, to take the boy into her home and care for him indefinitely.  Giles's fifteen minutes of fame ends before it begins, as it becomes more and more apparent that neither he nor Brittles can get their stories straight in their interviews with the police; this, coupled with the care of his new benefactor is the beginning of Oliver's luck beginning to change. 

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