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  • 2.

    What foreshadowing of Charles' arrest does Dickens initially provide?

  • 3.

    How did Miss Pross always get bargains when shopping despite her total lack of

French? What is her attitude towards the French language?

Book III, Chapter 8: "A Hand at Cards."

1. What great coincidence is revealed to us, Miss Pross, and Jerry Cruncher in the wine-shop when they are out on their usual afternoon shopping expedition?

  • 2.

    Why has Sydney Carton come to Paris?

  • 3.

    What damaging evidence does Carton hold against Barsad?

  • 4.

    What evidence does Carton not possess which would be even more damning

against Barsad?

Book III, Chapter 9: "The Game Made"

  • 1.

    How does the identity of Charles' third accuser come as a less-than-total surprise?

  • 2.

    How does Jerry use his insights into society's double standards to defend himself

from Lorry's anger?

  • 3.

    What details concerning Sydney Carton1s thoughts and activities, build suspense?

  • 4.

    How does Carton's touching conversation with Lorry give us the impression that Carton has had a premonition of death? Note the significance of Carton's speaking French like a native (p. 341).

Book III, Chapter 10: "The Substance of the Shadow."

  • 1.

    Here Dickens employs a first person, major character, inset narrative, a flashback in the epistolary mode: apply each of these terms to pages 348-349.

  • 2.

    Where and how was the letter written (we here recall that Charles, imprisoned also in secret, was not permitted pen and paper by the new but equally vicious regime (see p. 286)?

  • 3.

    How does the number two figure prominently in the Doctor's narrative of the mad woman and her dying brother (ultimately revealed as the brother and sister of Madame Defarge)?

  • 4.

    Since Charles had nothing to do with this double crime, why is Madame Defarge bent on his destruction?

5. Even though his letter ends with a repeat of the curse on the Evremonde family, how does it also explain Charles' very different nature?

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