When the young Oliver is left to be raised in the workhouse, he shocks his keepers by asking for more food. This is not because of any innate cheekiness but because he drew the short straw among the hungry boys who wanted to find a way to get more to eat. Nevertheless, Mr. Limkins, the gentleman in the white waistcoat, says:
I never was more convinced of anything in my life, than I am that that boy will come to be hung.
This was a likely outcome for a boy stigmatized by poverty and with everything stacked against him, but luck and hereditary are on Oliver's side. When seduced into a criminal ring and forced to become a pickpocket and robber, Oliver, oddly enough, meets with good fortune. He is first helped by Mr. Brownlow, a person he tried to rob and a kind man who can perceive Oliver's good heart. Later, through a remarkable coincidence, he is shot trying to rob his long lost relatives, who take him in. He inherits money and is able to end up leading a respectable life—but this is because of extremely good luck.