Charles Dickens’ best friend’s name was Bob Fagin.
Whether his friend was honored or offended hasn’t been determined.
Oliver Twist is a story about an orphan, who meets the Artful Dodger, leader of a gang of juvenile pickpockets, after escaping from a workhouse.
Fagin is the gang’s elderly criminal trainer, and Oliver is unaware of their criminal activities until it’s too late.
An early example of the social novel, Oliver Twist is believed to be inspired by Dickens’s own early youth as a child laborer.