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Philip V. Allingham, Contributing Editor, ictorian Web; Faculty of Education, Lakehead University, Thunder Bay, Ontario

Book I: "Recalled to Life"

Book I, Chapter 1: "The Period"

  • 1.

    What is the chronological setting of this opening chapter? What clues enable us to determine "The Period"?

  • 2.

    How does Dickens indicate the severity of social conditions in both France and England?

  • 3.

    Who is the "king with a large jaw and a queen with a plain face"?

  • 4.

    How does Dickens satirize the superstitious nature of the English?

  • 5.

    What oblique reference does Dickens make to the American Revolution?

  • 6.

    How in this chapter does Dickens reveal his advocating social reforms, as well as

his hatred of social injustice?

7. How does this first chapter involve the first book's title?

Book I, Chapter 2: "The Mail"

1. In this chapter how does Dickens contrast the characters of Mr. Jarvis Lorry and Jerry Cruncher, both employees of Tellson's Bank?

  • 2.

    On what the precise date does this chapter open?

  • 3.

    Why is the coach-guard suspicious of the lone rider who has demanded to see Mr.

Lorry?

  • 4.

    What is the message that Jerry Cruncher has brought?

  • 5.

    What is the rider's reaction to Mr. Lorry's reply "recalled to life"?

  • 6.

    What imagery in this chapter suggests death?

  • 7.

    Note that the mud, the darkness, and the mist associated with Jerry prepare us for

his line-at-work. Come back to this question later and explain Jerry's soliloquized remark "you'd be in a Blazing bad way, if recalling to life was to come into fashion, Jerry."

8. Why has Dickens been so specific about the guard's weapons (p. 39)?

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