Chapter 44-45 Ways in which Fagin is shown as plotting and scheming and…
Ways in which Fagin is shown as plotting and scheming and manipulative
"her altered manner, her repeated absences from home alone [...] her desperate impatience to leave home that night at a particular hour"
Fagin is attentive, knows something is afoot
Spoke to her not with the intention to help her, the reason was to find out information- Manipulation
Fagin telling Nancy and Noah secret information to keep them on his side
Nancy is made to feel guilty by Fagin, keeping her on his side
Talking about Sikes
"He is the mere hound of a day"
Zoomorphising Sikes again, suggests he's weak compared to them because he's animalistic
"(he's a brute, Nancy, a brute beast)"
Use of parentheses to make it seem like this is extra, secret information.
Attempting to make her feel privileged and make her stay (feel guilty)
Familial action, close bond
Makes Nancy feel guilty
Fagin trying to show they're on the same side. Loyalty
Once more dehumanising him, makes her feel less bad SIkes dies
"You did well yesterday, my dear"
"The pint-pots were great strokes of genius, but the milk-can was a perfect masterpiece"
Semantic field of positivity
"The Jew affected to laugh very heartily"
Creating a familiar, close bond
"Affected" shows it wasn't sincere, he's putting a facade up
"said the Jew thoughtfully" contrasts with Sikes who "growled" the line before
Fagin uses his brain, Sikes uses brute force
"I want you, Bolter [...] to do a piece of work for me, my dear, that needs great care and caution"
By directly addressing Noah, it makes him feel privileged. Only he can do it
Noah will feel he needs to prove Fagin right to meet expectations
"great care and caution" is complimenting Noah, because Fagin believes he is up to the task
"a piece" makes the work seem small, so not insurmountable
Makes Noah more likely to do it if he thinks it's easy
"If you do it well, a pound, my dear. One pound"
Fagin appealing to Noah's avarice
By saying "a pound" then "one pound", it makes it seem more attainable and more realistic (not just an abstract notion)
Also puts emphasis on the word "pound"
Emphasises the amount of money with the short, declarative sentence.
Using formal term for pound, not slang ("quid"), making it seem more important, would set Noah up in a higher class
Double meaning with violent punch (reminds Noah of danger)
"Fagin offered to lay his hand on hers"
Familiar action, building trust
Not being overly forceful, allows the impression that Nancy has a choice
"I sent her out this morning with the other young woman, because I wanted us to be alone"
Manipulating those around him like puppets
"the Jew was in a state of such intense excitement that it infected him" (Noah)
"Infected" suggests malevolence, disease and death foreshadowed
Excitement makes Noah want to come
Fagin "asked if somebody would light him down the dark stairs"
Fagin shows his intelligence
Knows Sikes wouldn't come to help him
Nancy would be the only one to help him
Gives Fagin the opportunity to talk to her
"he wrenched tightly in his grasp, as though there were a hated enemy crushed with every motion"
Parallels between his clothing and an enemy
Shows duplicitous nature, was friendly before, now violent