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  • 6.

    What is the significance of Madame Defarge's knitting?

  • 7.

    Why does Defarge feel that Lorry could not understand why he shows the sorry

spectacle of Dr. Manette to fellow Jacques?

  • 8.

    Check the Penguin text's note on the Faubourg Saint Antoine (p. 405): why has Dickens chosen to make this slum area he setting for this chapter and our first glimpse of the novel's "second" city and of French society?

  • 9.

    Why do Defarge and his friends call each other "Jacques" when his Christian name is "Ernest"?

10. The French King, Louis XVI, though honest and well-meaning, had neither the ability for nor an interest in politics and lost himself in an obsession for locksmithing, hobby far below his social station. What is comparable in the wasted Dr. Manette?

Book I, Chapter 6: "The Shoemaker"

  • 1.

    How do we know that nothing really misses the eyes and ears of Madame Defarge?

  • 2.

    Why did Dr. Manette give his name as "One Hundred and Five, North Tower" (p.

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      ?

  • 3.

    Why is Manette's voice "pitiable and dreadful"?

  • 4.

    Where apparently does Manette believe himself to be?

  • 5.

    What connection between Lucy and his own past does Dr. Manette make?

  • 6.

    How does Defarge's part in getting Mr. Lorry and the Manettes out of Paris

indicate his knowledge of the workings of the acienne regime?

7. How is the conclusion of the first book both pathetic and comic?

Book II: "The Golden Thread" (For Discussion)

Since there are twenty-four chapters in this section of the novel, we cannot study these in the same detail as we did the highly-significant, first six expository chapters. Please continue to read the notes in the back of the book, such as that on Temple Bar (p. 406).

In "The Golden Thread," which opens in London five years after Dr. Manette's escape from France, Dickens satirizes English justice (which Temple Bar indicates was not nearly so enlightened as Dickens's Middle Class readers liked to imagine), lawyers, and

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