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  • 1.

    What was the significance of the blaze the stranger made in his pipe?

  • 2.

    Whom do the four fierce figures come to represent in this chapter?

  • 3.

    Why can the rider solicit no aid from any quarter? Note that Gabelle ("Mr. Salt

Tax") miraculously escapes.

Book II, Chapter 24: "Drawn to the Loadstone Rock"

  • 1.

    What is the chronological setting?

  • 2.

    Why is Lorry going to Paris?

  • 3.

    Why does Charles offer to go in his place?

  • 4.

    How does Dickens use the letter to the Marquis de Evremonde to generate


  • 5.

    Why does Gabelle request Charles to return to France?

  • 6.

    The Loadstone Rock was a mythical rock that magnetically drew ships to it so

that they would crash -- what for Charles is the Loadstone Rock?

  • 7.

    Why was Tellson's Bank, London, the natural gathering place of the emigres?

  • 8.

    Should Darnay have kept his real name and identity secret from his wife, and not

told her of his trip?

  • 9.

    Why is it ironic that Gabelle is being held in the Abbaye?

  • 10.

    Why does Darnay unwisely feel that it is safe for him to return to assist Gabelle?

  • 11.

    Why does he feel he must help him?

Book III: "The Track of a Storm"

In these final fifteen chapters Dickens focuses on the Reign of Terror (September, 1792 to September, 1793, precipitated by the excesses of the aristocracy in the preceding century, especially of the Sun King, Louis XIV, who is reputed to have said shortly before his death in 1715, "Apres moi, le deluge."

In October, 1789, several thousand women marched on Versailles, demanding that Louis XVI move to Paris. In February, 1790, the King accepted the principles of the Revolution, which heretofore had been democratic but disorganised. In September, 1791, after unsuccessfully attempting to flee France, the King accepted the work of the Assembly, and, with the concurrence of the Girondists in its successor, the Legislative Assembly, declared war against Austria in April, 1792. However, sensing the King was now a liability in a war being waged against France by monarchist regimes in Austria and

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