"I am to be trusted, for the first time in a long while, with my miserable life, on account of what you have given me to try for. "
In his novels, Charles Dickens often revisits the theme of redemption. Many of his characters, who regard themselves as unsalvageable, rise to the occasion for the sake of others.

This is true of the character Nancy who attempts to take care of the orphaned Oliver Twist, as well as of Sydney Carton who sacrifices himself to spare the Manette family in A Tale of Two Cities (1859).