It is the end of Book 2- what do you make of Mme. Defarge? Write 5 things she said or did you found intriguing or that revealed her true character.
What is his deal? What role does he play in this novel? Write a short response on your take on Jerry Cruncher.
After The Gorgon's Head chapter the novel starts to read as easily as any other novel so it will be unnecessary now to review each chapter on the blog.
You will see and have already seen how the second book is named after Lucie. after you read a few more chapters, make some points about the significance Lucie is to the other characters in the novel.
Write in point form 5 details you found intriguing about these chapters.
Try not to repeat what others have written although I realize that at some point original details will be limited.
First of all, Monseigneur is pronounced like as in Monseigneur Paul Baxter.
Make references to how this chapter reflects pre-revolutionary France- its three estates, its corruption and so on.
Just to ease some confusion, there aretwo main figures in this chapter. The first described in Monseigneur and the second who gets into the carriage is the Marquis Evremonde (take note of the translation of this name) who was with the Monseigneur but leaves to go back to the country.
Finally, where have you seen the characters toward the end of the chapetr before?
This chapter is full of foreshadowing. Make specific comments on the "echoes" and "footsteps" constantly referred to in this chapter and that will be continously referred to through the rest of the novel- especially the last sentences of the chapter. Take note of other things you noticed in this chapter as well.
Pay attention to page 72, 75, and especially 79-88.
He is my FAVOURITE character. Very complex, sarcastic, witty.
Pay attention to his interacions and comparisons to Charles Darnay. It has been said that they are two halves of a whole. You figure it out;)
The court scene is where we meet Charles Darnay, Sydney Carton, Mr. Stryver and their connection to Mr. Lorry, Lucie, and her father. Write an explanation of this chapter, who's who, how it is symbolic or significant of the French Revolution, or any other insight you have.
We will use this blog to help each other understand what's happening.
This section we will use as an "explanation" section.
For instance, today we read nearly to the end of "The Wine Shop" chapter and we learned that M. Defarge, the wine-keeper, looks to be somewhat of a leader of the Jacobins movement.
The Jacques are member of the newly forming Jacobins.
The wine shop is used as the cafes were in Paris- to grow ideas of enlightenment and revolutionaary notions.
Mme. Defarge's physical description is the exact opposite of Lucie Manette implying juxatopositions in terms of light and dark, hope and despair.
We saw the physical description of St. Antoine as being synonymous with despair and the Hunger and Want in its people.
Your turn! Please add details you researched OR insights you had on this section.
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