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Book III, Chapter 4: "Calm in Storm."

  • 1.

    How many months are covered in this chapter?

  • 2.

    Why do all the atrocities he witnesses not drive Dr. Manette into another relapse?

  • 3.

    In fact, our estimation of Dr. Manette changes, and he becomes a developing

character. Justify or attack Dickens' treatment of Dr. Manette's character in this chapter.

  • 4.

    Note Dickens' allusion to the children of the dragon's teeth (p. 301), the tough, new generation that were to populate Cadmus' new city, Thebes, in Ovid's Metamorphoses. Why does he so refer to the patriots?

  • 5.

    Explain: "La Guillotine . . . was the sign of regeneration of the human. It superseded the cross" (p. 302) AND "The name of the functionary . . . every day"

    • (p.


Book III, Chapter 5: "The Wood-Sawyer"

1. What is coincidental about the wood-sawyer who lives in the vicinity of La Force?

  • 2.

    What is the Carmagnole?

  • 3.

    Who is in secret conference with Mr. Lorry?

  • 4.

    What is ominous in the wood-sawyer's personifying himself as "the Samson of the

firewood guillotine"? (p. 306)?

5. How do we become aware acutely that this novel was originally serialized when we get to the end of this chapter?

Book III, Chapter 6: "Triumph"

1. Why does the attitude of the crowd of the courtroom to Charles dramatically change?

  • 2.

    Who are Charles' principal witnesses?

  • 3.

    What does their testimony substantiate?

  • 4.

    As a discerning reader, why do you find Charles' exoneration unsatisfying?

Book III, Chapter 7: "A Knock at the Door."

1. Upon what grounds is Charles again arrested on the afternoon of his release?

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