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.'

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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