Artful Dodger toby jug produced by Bairstow Manor Pottery of Hanley, England, circa 1985. Jack Dawkins, better known as the Artful Dodger, is a character in Charles Dickens's 1838 novel Oliver Twist. The Dodger is a pickpocket, so called for his skill and cunning in that occupation. He is the leader of the gang of child criminals on the streets of London, trained by the elderly Fagin. He becomes Oliver's closest friend (although he betrays Oliver when Oliver is caught) and he tries to make him a pickpocket, but soon realizes that Oliver will not succeed. The term has become an idiom describing a person with skillful deception.
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