Chapter seven presents some very important events in the novel, Oliver Twist. When it begins, we find Noah frantically searching for Mr Bumble to tell him of their confrontation. Noah embellishes the extent of his injuries because he wants Mr Bumble to punish Oliver. After a chat with Mrs Sowberry, Mr Bumble believes that Oliver has gone wild because he has eaten too much meat:
"What have paupers to do with soul or spirit? It's quite enough that we let 'em have live bodies. If you had kept the boy on gruel, ma'am, this would never have happened."
Despite Oliver's obvious distress, Mr Bumble beats Oliver and then shuts him in the back kitchen. As he sits and thinks about what has passed, Oliver resolves to run away. He quietly unlatches the door and leaves Mr Bumble's. From here, he goes to the workhouse where he once lived and sees his old friend, Dick. He tells Dick that he is running away to "seek his fortune" and receives a much-appreciated blessing for his journey:
"The blessing was from a young child's lips, but it was the first that Oliver had ever heard invoked upon his head; and through the struggles and sufferings, and troubles and changes, of his after life, he never once forgot it."
Here, the chapter ends and the scene is set for Oliver's encounter with the Artful Dodger and his new life in London.