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  • 4.

    Why does the Doctor suffer a relapse and return to his cobbler's bench?

  • 5.

    What is particularly noble about Charles' profession of love for Lucie, made to

her father?

Book II, Chapter 11: "A Companion Picture"

1. Why does Stryver continually criticize and belittle Sydney Carton for his social lapses?

  • 2.

    Why does Carton endure such abuse?

  • 3.

    In what sense is this chapter's title ironic?

  • 4.

    How does Dickens suggest the cause of Carton's alcoholism?

Book II, Chapter 12: "The Fellow of Delicacy"

1. Why does Dickens have Mr. Lorry rather than Lucie herself reject Stryver's repulsive, egotistical absurd proposal?

2. Why did Stryver go to Mr. Lorry before actually proposing?

Book II, Chapter 13: "The Fellow of No Delicacy"

  • 1.

    Why does Dickens call Carton ironically "the fellow of no delicacy"?

  • 2.

    How is Sydney Carton's love for Lucie somewhat akin to Charles Darnay's?

NOTE: The foreshadowing in "I would embrace any sacrifice for you and for those dear to you." (p. 183) is obvious. The extreme sentimentality of such writing greatly appealed to Victorian, female readers, who saw Carton as a kind of romantic Hamlet or another Heathcliff (from Emily Bronte's Wuthering Heights).

Book II, Chapter 14: "The Honest Tradesman"

  • 1.

    From whose point of view is the narrative of this chapter given?

  • 2.

    What is the technical name for a fiction which describes the coming of age of a young person, a work such as Oliver Twist, David Copperfield, or Great Expectations? What characteristics of this chapter have the same quality?

  • 3.

    How is this chapter's title ironic?

  • 4.

    Although we might momentarily feel that Jerry's boxing his son's ears for whooping at the prospect of a funeral stemmed from the father's sense of social propriety, what probably was the real reason for his hushing up his son?

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