Dickens" A Story of Two Cities: Reading Questions — Publication II

Philip V. Allingham, Contributing Editor, Victorian Web; Faculty of Education, Lakehead University, Thunder Bay, Ontario
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Book II: "The Golden Thread" (For Discussion)

Since there are twenty-four chapters in this section of the novel, we cannot research these in the exact same detail as we did the highly-substantial, initially 6 expository chapters. Please continue to check out the notes in the ago of the book, such as that on Temple Bar (p. 406).

In "The Golden Thread," which opens up in London 5 years after Dr. Manette"s escape from France, Dickens satirizes English justice (which Temple Bar shows was not almost so enlightened as Dickens"s Center Class readers chosen to imagine), lawyers, and also courts of regulation, every one of which Dickens knew from his father"s imprisonment for debt in 1824 at Marshalsea (notoriously depicted in Little Dorrit, 1855-7), from his very own employment at the age of 15 as a lawyer"s clerk, and also from his scolor as a shorthand reporter in the Courts of Doctors (of Law) Commons. The Pickwick Papers (1837), David Copperarea (1849-50), Bleak House (1852-3), and also the novel adhering to A Tale of Two Cities, Great Expectations (1861), all expose Dickens"s first-hand expertise of the British legal device (and also primarily reflect his contempt for it).

In the second book Dickens divides his time almost evenly in between France and also England also, however plainly it is France"s political, financial, and also especially its social troubles that fascinate him.

Contrast the French device of "justice," as presented in Book One, via that of England, as given in Book Two.

Book II, Chapter 1: "Five Years Later"

How does his summary of Tellson"s Bank imply Dickens" characteristic over-writing? Jerry Cruncher is the just character reminiscent of the broadly-drawn comic caricatures that figure so prominently in his beforehand novels: just how is he both comic and yet consistent with Dickens" assault on social conditions? How perform Jerry"s hands and also boots constitute a mystery? How does Tellson"s epitomize English complacency?

Book II, Chapter 2: "A Sight"

How is Dickens crucial of both the Old Bailey and Bedlam? Why are the Manettes in court? What punishment is expected by "quartering"? For what crime is the punishment reserved? See the note on the resource of this trial on p. 406 (#15). Cutting out the bombast, what specifically is the charge levelled at Darnay? What adjusted impression do we acquire of Dr. Manette?

Publication II, Chapter 3. "A Disappointment"

How does Stryver discredit the prosecution"s first witness, John Barsad? What are the incriminating scenarios under which Darnay had actually took a trip earlier and also forth from England also to France?What is suspicious around the Crown"s evidence? How does Roger Cly"s testimony seem more conclusive?However before, what inconvenient facts discredits Cly? Lorry"s testimony just develops that Darnay was on the Dover-Calais packet; what damage does Lucy"s do? How does Stryver confusage the witness that testifies to Darnay"s being "in that garrison-and-dockyard town" (p. 103)?

Book II, Chapter 4: "Congratulatory"

What negative impressions carry out we acquire of Carton? We note that Dr. Manette"s "face had actually become frozen . . . in a very curious look at Darnay: an intent look, deepening into a frvery own of dislike and distrust, not even unblended via fear" (p. 112). What two gadgets is Dickens making use of here? What idea does Dickens implant in the reader"s mind by the cshedding line of this chapter?

Publication II, Chapter 5: "The Jackal"

What is the connection between the so-called Jackal and also Lion?

Book II, Chapter 6: "Hundreds of People"

Why is Miss Pross jealous of Darnay and also Carton? How is the occurrence alluded to in question 2, Chapter 4, recurring and yet also augmented here? What do the echoing footsteps foreshadow?

Book II, Chapter 7: "Monseigneur in Town"

Why does Dickens heap verbally ironic sarcasm (e.g., "his sanctuary of sanctuaries" on p. 134) on Monseigneur? Why had actually Monseigneur taken his sister from a convent and married her off (listed below her social station) to a very well-off Farmer-General? What is the moral climate created by Monseigneur"s guests? How does the Marquis rationalize the accident? In classical myth the 3 Fates spun, wove, and cut the thcheck out of a person"s life — how does Dickens attach Madame Defarge through these superorganic beings from the accident scene to the end of the chapter?

Publication II, Chapter 8: "Monseigneur in the Country"

The establishing sun"s blush on the Marquis" face suggests what fate awaits him? What accounts for the apathetic conditions of the crops, the village, and also its people? In the last chapter the Marquis assumed of the peasants as rats and dogs, and also here he addresses the road-mender as "pig" (p. 145) why is his rudeness ironic here? How does this chapter confirm a link between Charles and the Marquis?

Book II, Chapter 9: "The Gorgon"s Head"

In timeless myth the gorgons were creatures so repulsive that the very sight of one would revolve the beholder to stone — indeed, the hero Perseus uses the head of the gorgon Medusa, whom he has slain by looking into his polished shield rather than straight at her, to revolve the Titan Atlas into a hill (Gibraltar).

How does this title seem proper for the chapter? Consider pages 149, 151, and 159 specifically. Though carefully connected, just how do the Marquis and also his nephew from England radically differ? What intentions does the Marquis imply he has actually in the direction of Dr. Manette and also to his nephew? How does the note around the murder weapon define why the Marquis was killed? Why is the Marquis, uncle to Charles Darnay, actually his enemy?

Book II, Chapter 10: "Two Promises"

What is the chronological establishing relative to Chapter 9? How does Darnay, having renounced his family inheritance, earn his living? Why is it ironic that Dr. Manette refuses to listen when Charles tries to tell him his actual name? Why does the Doctor suffer a relapse and also return to his cobbler"s bench? What is especially noble about Charles" profession of love for Lucie, made to her father?

Publication II, Chapter 11: "A Companion Picture"

Why does Stryver continually slam and belittle Sydney Carton for his social lapses? Why does Carton endure such abuse? In what feeling is this chapter"s title ironic? How does Dickens suggest the reason of Carton"s alcoholism?

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

Why does Dickens have Mr. Lorry rather than Lucie herself disapprove Stryver"s repulsive, egotistical absurd proposal? Why did Stryver go to Mr. Lorry before actually proposing?

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

Why does Dickens contact Carton ironically "the fellow of no delicacy"? How is Sydney Carton"s love for Lucie rather akin to Charles Darnay"s?

NOTE: The foreshadowing in "I would certainly take on any sacrifice for you and also for those dear to you." (p. 183) is evident. The too much sentimentality of such creating considerably appearesulted in Victorian, female readers, who observed Carton as a type of romantic Hamlet or one more Heathcliff (from Emily Bronte"s Wuthering Heights).

Publication II, Chapter 14: "The Hoswarm Tradesman"

From whose allude of check out is the narrative of this chapter given?What is the technological name for a fiction which describes the resulting age of a young person, a job-related such as Oliver Twist, David Copperarea, or Great Expectations? What characteristics of this chapter have the exact same quality? How is this chapter"s title ironic? Although we could 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 more than likely was the actual factor for his hushing up his son? Why is the crowd complying with the funeral procession incensed? Although this mob is genial, its feelings against the facility run as deep as those of the denizens of St. Antoine, exactly how is the sensemuch less violence of the Revolution foreshadowed here? Why is Cly"s having been "a young "un and also a straight made "un" (p. 188) of certain significance for Jerry? How does Jerry apparently dispose of his windautumn income?Before we actually watch Jerry in his true professional capacity, what hints does Dickens provide to include suspense? Give 3 examples of humourous verbal irony from the bottom of page 190. Although we perform not check out the conclusion of the fishing exploration, just how perform we recognize somepoint has gone wrong? What purpose to the primary plot of the book does this chapter serve?

Book II, Chapter 15: "Knitting"

What two mysteries are resolved for us in this chapter?Why are the Defarges cheered by the opulence of the Versailles court? Who are Jacques Four and also Five? How does the road-mender characterize the grandees of the court?

Book II, Chapter 16: "Still Knitting"

The success of the Radvancement appears assured because tbelow are Jacques in the strategic federal government offices — provide an instance. Why does Defarge not answer to the name "Jacques" once greeted by the stranger in the wineshop? What information given by Barsad strongly affects the Defarges, yet differently?

Book II, Chapter 17: "One Night"

How will certainly the brand-new residential plan for the Manettes resolve the difficulty of Charles" love for Lucie separating her from her father?

Publication II, Chapter 18: "Nine Days"

Who is to look after Dr. Manette while the young couple are away on their honeymoon? Why does the Doctor arise from his conference through the bridegroom deathly pale? How does Dickens employ Dr. Manette"s relapse to generate suspense?

Publication II, Chapter 19: "An Opinion"

What research of Dr. Manette, currently respanned, does Mr. Lorry make and why? Once aacquire Dickens employs Lorry to relate a difficult truth: what was the first occasion? How does Lorry take care of it each time?

Book II, Chapter 20: "A Plea"

Despite his very own unhappy marriage, or perhaps bereason of it, just how does Dickens characterize the Charles/Lucie relationship? Why, surprisingly, does Sydney Carton apologize to Charles and offer his friendship?

Publication II, Chapter 21: "Echoing Footsteps"

What is the day in this chapter? What is Carton"s partnership via the Darnay family? How does Mr. Lorry"s news indicate the rdevelopment is beginning?How do we lastly get to watch Dr. Manette"s area of confinement in the Bastille? How does Dickens intensify our repulsion for Madame Defarge?

Book II, Chapter 22: "The Sea Still Rises"

What is the day now? Why does Defarge hate Foulon? How is Foulon"s punishment yet another instance of poetic justice? When Defarge claims to his wife "At last it has actually come," why does she not entirely agree?

Book II, Chapter 23: "Fire Rises"

What was the meaning of the blaze the stranger made in his pipe? Whom carry out the four fierce figures involved recurrent in this chapter? Why can the rider solicit no aid from any quarter? Keep in mind that Gabelle ("Mr.

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

What is the chronological setting? Why is Lorry going to Paris? Why does Charles offer to go in his place? How does Dickens usage the letter to the Marquis de Evremonde to generate suspense? Why does Gabelle research Charles to return to France? The Loadrock Rock was a mythical rock that magnetically drew ships to it so that they would crash — what for Charles is the Loadstone Rock? Why was Tellson"s Bank, London, the organic gathering area of the emigres? Should Darnay have actually retained his real name and identity key from his wife, and not told her of his trip? Why is it ironic that Gabelle is being hosted in the Abbaye? Why does Darnay unwisely feel that it is safe for him to go back to aid Gabelle? Why does he feel he have to assist him?