What passages in Charles Dickens's Oliver Twist show Fagin's greed?

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One clear example of Fagin's greed can be seen in Chapter IX of Charles Dickens's Oliver Twist. In this chapter, after Fagin believes Oliver has fallen asleep, he pulls out a box hidden in the floorboards. As he raises the box's lid, "his eyes glisten." From the box, he pulls out various treasures, including multiple bejeweled gold watches, "rings, brooches, bracelets, and other articles of jewelry." With each piece he pulls out, Fagin "distort[s] every feature [of his face] with a hideous grin" and "survey[s] [each piece] with equal pleasure." He also mutters to himself comments that are not entirely understandable but must have to do with how he managed to acquire each piece of jewelry. From this description, we know he is secretly, obsessively admiring a multitude of very costly pieces of jewelry. The irony in this scene concerns the fact that Fagin lives in extremely rundown dwellings...

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