History repeats itself, and that’s one of the things that’s wrong with history.
How many time has history repeated itself?…. The Artful Dodger, is a character in the Charles Dickens novel Oliver Twist. Dodger is no novice, so called for his skill and cunning in that respect. As a result he has become the leader of the gang of criminals, trained by the elderly Fagin. He becomes Oliver’s closest friend (although he betrays him when Oliver is mistakenly caught) and he tries to make him a pickpocket, but soon realizes that Oliver won’t, and feels sorry for him, saying “What a pity ain’t a prig!”
He also has a close relationship with Charley Bates. Ultimately the Dodger is caught with a stolen silver snuff box and presumably sent to a penal colony in Australia (only alluded to in the novel). The Dodger chooses to consider himself a “learned sleuth”. The nickname “Artful Dodger” is still commonly used to refer to someone who is good at avoiding responsibility or the consequences of his or her actions.
In the USA we have the La Dodgers…with a terrible record, if ever…Too much dodging….no winning ways.
Sometimes we try to put off the inevitable…”the art of dodging”….but time is more often longer than rope.. a term ,tether comes to an end…..better sometimes sooner than later ….then.. Gentlemen start your engines….Then dodging but a waste of time.