Book the Second CH 13-24

  1. Chapter 13: The Fellow of No Delicacy...1. Why does Carton say that he is grateful that Lucie does not love or want to marry him?
    He is grateful that she does not love him because he thinks he will bring her only misery. “If it had been possible, Miss Manette, that you could have returned the love of the man you see before you …. he would have been conscious this day and hour,…that he would bring you to misery…pull you down with him.” (Pg. 142)
  2. Chapter 13: The Fellow of No Delicacy...2. What secret does Carton ask Lucie to keep as the “last confidence” of his life?
    He wants her to know about his love but to keep his declaration a secret. He wants to remember that at least he is capable of telling her how he feels even if he is not capable of changing himself for the better.
  3. Chapter 13: The Fellow of No Delicacy...3. What might the promise Carton makes in this chapter foreshadow?
    Dickens is suggesting that, at some future time, Carton will give his life to help Lucie “… keep a life you love beside you!” (Pg. 144)
  4. Chapter 14: The Honest Tradesman...1. What is Jerry Cruncher’s secret occupation that results in mud on his boots and rust on his fingers?
    He digs up fresh graves and sells the corpses to doctors for medical research.
  5. Chapter 14: The Honest Tradesman...2. List three examples of mischief in which the crowds following Roger Cly’s funeral engage after the casket is buried. Why does the mob finally disperse?
    The mob breaks windows, plunders public houses, and pulls down summer houses. They disperse because there is a rumor the guards are coming.
  6. Chapter 14: The Honest Tradesman...3. Why do you think young Jerry wants to be a Resurrection-Man? What does the phrase “no fish for breakfast” suggest about the success or failure of Mr. Cruncher’s nighttime occupation?
    Young Jerry wants to be a grave robber like his father. There is no fi sh for breakfast because Mr. Cruncher has been unable to deliver a corpse to the doctor, so he does not get any extra money.
  7. Chapter 14: The Honest Tradesman...4. What does the absence of a body in the grave suggest?
  8. Chapter 14: The Honest Tradesman...5. Who is / was Roger Cly, and where have we met him before?
  9. Chapter 15: Knitting...1. How do you know that the Mender of roads is a revolutionary? Where does Monsieur Defarge take the mender of roads?
    He is a revolutionary because Monsieur Defarge introduces him by the code name, Jacques. Monsieur Defarge takes him to the same upstairs room where Dr. Manette worked on his shoes after being released from prison.
  10. Chapter 15: Knitting...2. Who is the tall man described by the mender of roads? What is his crime? Why do the people of the village have hope that he will not be executed?
    He is Gaspard, the man whose child was killed by the Marquis. He killed the Marquis and has been hiding for a year in the hills. Petitions have been sent to the king to spare his life because he killed only after going mad as a result of the death of his child.
  11. Chapter 15: Knitting...3. Why is the method of Gaspard’s execution particularly cruel?
    He is hanged from a forty-foot scaffold right over the community fountain. His body is polluting the water and frightening the women and children.
  12. Chapter 15: Knitting...4. What do the Jacques mean when they vote to register the Marquis’ château and “all the race”?
    Madame Defarge will knit a record of the crimes of the Marquis and the punishment voted on by the Jacques. The château is to be destroyed, and all of the Marquis family are sentenced to death.
  13. Chapter 15: Knitting...5. What does the following metaphor say about Monsieur Defarge’s plans for the Mender of Roads: “Judiciously show a dog his natural prey, if you wish him to bring it down one day”?
    He is going to take the mender of the roads to see the King and his court so he will recognize them when the time comes to overthrow the monarchy.
  14. Chapter 16: Still Knitting...1. Why does Madame Defarge register John Barsad as one of the men who is marked for death in her knitted registry of names?
    John Barsad is English, forty, and fi ve foot nine, with black hair, dark eyes, and a thin face. She knits his name into her registry because he is a spy for the French government.
  15. Chapter 16: Still Knitting...2. What does Madame Defarge do to alert the other customers that a spy has entered the wine shop? What does the spy say that upsets Monseiur Defarge?
    Madame Defarge pins a rose to her head dress. The spy tells Monseiur Defarge that Lucie is about to marry Charles Darnay.
  16. Chapter 16: Still Knitting...3. What is the “structure yet unbuilt” mentioned in the following passage? Why do
    you think Dickens makes reference to it at the end of this chapter?
    “So much was closing in about the women who sat knitting, knitting, that they their very selves were closing in around a structure yet unbuilt, where
    they were to sit knitting, knitting, counting dropping heads.”
    The unbuilt structure is the guillotine. Dickens is trying to create interest by reminding the reader about the horrible deaths awaiting the aristocracy of France and perhaps Charles Darnay, too.
  17. Chapter 16: Still Knitting...4. How does the description of the wine shop emphasize the poverty of the residents of Saint Antoine?
  18. Chapter 17: One Night...1. What does Dr. Manette mean when he says that for his daughter to have no knowledge or memory of him would be worse than being dead?
  19. Chapter 17: One Night...2. Why do you think Lucie checks in on her father while he is sleeping the night before her wedding?
    She needs to be sure he is sleeping well and is not making shoes or pacing the floor. After seeing him, she feels free to marry Darnay.
  20. Chapter 18: Nine Days...1. What is the subject of Charles Darnay and Doctor Manette’s private conversation on the morning of Lucie’s wedding?
    Charles Darnay is telling Dr. Manette about his relationship to the Marquis and the reasons he is living in England.
  21. Chapter 18: Nine Days...2. What is suggested by the fact that Dr. Manette begins to make shoes after Lucie’s wedding?
    There is a relationship between his past imprisonment and the Marquis. His conversation with Darnay causes Dr. Manette’s relapse into the role of the shoemaker.
  22. Chapter 18: Nine Days...3. How does Mr. Lorry decide to ease Dr. Manette out of his relapse?
  23. Chapter 19: An Opinion...1. What is Mr. Lorry and Miss Pross’ plan once they realize that Dr. Manette is awake on the tenth morning and no longer making shoes?
    They decide to pretend everything is normal until after breakfast. If the doctor is still functioning, then Mr. Lorry will talk to him about his relapse.
  24. Chapter 19: An Opinion...2. Mr. Lorry carefully discusses Dr. Manette’s condition with the old man. What three questions does Mr. Lorry ask Dr. Manette to answer in the course of this discussion?
    First, he wants to know if a relapse from the same cause is possible for the future. Next, he asks if overwork could cause a relapse. Finally, he asks if it would be better if they removed the shoemaking tools.
  25. Chapter 19: An Opinion...3. Why does the doctor resist the idea of giving up his shoe making tools?
    He needed them to survive his imprisonment and is afraid to be without them. He feels secure having them around. Also, they have been part of his life for so long that they are like an old companion.
  26. Chapter 19: An Opinion...4. Under what conditions does the doctor agree to the removal of the shoe making tools?
    They must be removed when he is not present.
  27. Chapter 20: A Plea...1. Why does Carton ask Darnay for his friendship?
    He wants his permission to visit their home occasionally.
  28. Chapter 20: A Plea...2. Why does Lucie ask her husband to be especially patient and kind with Sydney Carton?
    She wants Darnay to remember that Carton does have a good heart despite his many faults. She wants him always to treat Carton generously.
  29. Chapter 20: A Plea...3. What practical purpose would Charles Dickens have for having Lucie make this request?
  30. Chapter 21: Echoing Footsteps...1. Rather than advance the plot significantly, Dickens uses this chapter for what literary convention?
  31. Chapter 21: Echoing Footsteps...2. What occurs on July 14, 1789?
    They lead a mob to the Bastille; the mob storms the prison and releases the prisoners.
  32. Chapter 21: Echoing Footsteps...3. What is suggested about Defarge’s search of 105 North Tower?
    He goes to One Hundred and fi ve, North Tower. There, he searches the room for something. The reader knows this is the cell in which Dr. Manette spent eighteen years.
  33. Chapter 21: Echoing Footsteps...4. How was this search foreshadowed earlier in the book?
  34. Chapter 21: Echoing Footsteps...5. What is the significance of the echoes the Manettes, Darnays, Carton, et al hear from the corner in Soho? How are Lucie’s and Carton’s reactions to the echoes different?
  35. Chapter 22: The Sea Still Rises...1. Briefly describe The Vengeance.
    She is the wife of the grocer and mother of two children. She is Madame Defarge’s second in command and is as vicious and as murderous as her leader.
  36. Chapter 22: The Sea Still Rises...2. Who is old Foulon, and why is he marked for death by the Defarges? What happens to his son-in-law?
    He is a man who does not care that other people are dying from starvation. He tells them to eat grass. His cruelty lasts for threescore and ten years. He is killed by the people of Saint Antoine. Old Foulon’s son-in-law is also killed, and his head is placed on a pike.
  37. Chapter 22: The Sea Still Rises...3. How do the killings by the peasants of Saint Antonine impact the lives of the poor and hungry peasants?
    While the killings do not directly impact the quality of their lives so early in the revolution, the peasants do feel the comradeship that develops between people fi ghting for their survival as a result. Dickens writes, “Yet, human fellowship infused some nourishment into the flinty viands, and struck some sparks of cheerfulness out of them.” (Pg. 211)
  38. Chapter 23: Fire Rises...1. Who is the man in wooden shoes? What does he do?
    The man in the wooden shoes is a member of the revolution. He sets the Marquis’ château on fire.
  39. Chapter 23: Fire Rises...2. Who is Monsieur Gabelle? How does he escape the people of his village?
    He is the tax and rent collector. He spends the night on the roof of his house.
  40. Chapter 23: Fire Rises...3. Why do you think the mender of roads and the other village people decide to light candles in all of their windows?
    They are showing their support for the revolution.
  41. Chapter 24: Drawn to the Loadstone Rock...1. What is the significance of the title of this chapter?
    Loadstone is a type of rock that is a strong magnet. The Loadstone Rock is France, andDarnay is drawn to it.
  42. Chapter 24: Drawn to the Loadstone Rock...2. Why is Mr. Lorry traveling to France? Who is he taking with him?
    He is going to rescue some important papers for the bank. He is taking Jerry Cruncher with him as a bodyguard.
  43. Chapter 24: Drawn to the Loadstone Rock...3. What naive reasons does Darnay give Mr. Lorry for desiring to return to France?
  44. Chapter 24: Drawn to the Loadstone Rock...4. What does Mr. Stryver think of the mysterious Marquis St. Evrémonde?
    He thinks the Marquis is a coward for abandoning his property to the mob.
  45. Chapter 24: Drawn to the Loadstone Rock...5. What other reasons does Darnay have, besides Gabelle’s plea, for wanting to return to France?
    He knows that he left France in a hurry and did not take the time to explain fully his reasons for wanting to renounce his social place. Darnay feels like a coward for not returning sooner to dispose of his property properly and give the people who work for him, like Gabelle, his support. He wants to go back to try to stop the bloodshed.
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Book the Second CH 13-24
Book the Second CH 13-24