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4 Jun 2016

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'Although I am not disposed to maintain that the being born in a workhouse is in itself the most fortunate and enviable circumstance that can possibly befall a human being, I do mean to say that in this particular instance it was the best thing for Oliver Twist that could by possibility have occurred.'

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1. What does 'is in itself' here mean? Is 'be in oneself' a fixed usage?

2. Is 'the being born' a baby here?

3. Could you brief this sentence in your own words?

Thank you.

ps. This sentence is from paragraph3 of Chapter1of Oliver Twist by Dickens.

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