Reading Questions Chapters 14-16
1. Whose funeral passes Tellson's Bank?
Old Bailey's funeral passes
2. This chapter seems to be an interlude in the main thread of the story. Yet, what one connecting link is there with
an earlier important event in which Darnay, the Manettes, and Mr. Lorry were involved?
3. What does Dickens think of the behavior of the mob at the funeral? Give examples to prove your point.
Chase was given to some scores of inoffensive persons who had never been near the Old Bailey in their lives, in the realisation
of this fancy, and they were roughly hustled and maltreated. The transition to the sport of window-breaking, and thence to
the plundering of public-houses, was easy and natural. At last, after several hours, when sundry summer-houses had been pulled
down, and some area-railings had been torn up, to arm the more belligerent spirits, a rumour got about that the Guards were
coming. Before this rumour, the crowd gradually melted away, and perhaps the Guards came, and perhaps they never came, and
this was the usual progress of a mob.
4. How does Dickens poke fun at Cruncher's gallantry1; in escorting women from one side of Fleet Street to the other?
He compares woman to a stool, because woman at the time were considered objects.
Chapters 15 & 16
1. How did Charles Darnay get his last name?
It was his mother's name.
2. The Defarges are both bitter revolutionaries, but they differ in many ways.
a. How do the two Defarges differ in their attitude toward the coming revolution and their patience in waiting to see
The Defarges differ because Mrs. Defarge is more hidden and does not seem to care about the revolution as much as Mr.
Defarge who is more active and passionate about it.
b. How do the two Defarges differ when they hear the news about the coming marriage of Charles Darnay to Lucie?
Mr. Defarges does not care about this decision, but Mrs. Defarge seems to care by saying that it was about time she got
c. How does Madame Defarge show an aspect of her character in the fear she inspires in the road mender?
We expect them to be emotional. Madame Defarge is going to take whatever steps are necessary. In her nitting she has names
about people are going to die.
d. How did Defarge show courage on Gaspard's behalf?
Gaspard is hung next to the village. Defarge is sad and also trun the coin back into the carriage. They are going to use
this as a way to fight the loyalty. They tried to hide them.
e. What traits do the two Defarges seem to have in common?
Bravery and courage, if you get caught you are going to die.
3. Now, long after the trial of Charles Darnay, John Barsad appears again on the scene.
a. How does his present occupation resemble his occupation as revealed at the trial?
Trying to get information from Mrs. Defarge.
b. How does Barsad try to trick the Defarges into an admission of sympathy for Gaspard and the oppressed?
By calling Mr. Defarge a shak.
c. What one penetration does Barsad make in the armor of caution of the Defarges?
Gives the information of Lucie and Charles are going to get married.
4. What does Dickens intend to suggest by this description?
"Soon the large-faces King and the fair-faced Queen came in their golden coach, attended by the shining Bull's Eye
of their Court, a glittering multitude of laughing ladies and fine lords, and in jewels and silks and powder and splendour
and elegantly spurning figures, and handsomely disdainful faces of both sexes, the mender of roads bathed himself." (Page
157, lines 18-22)
He is basking in their glory, splendor, elegant, bull's-eye they are the center of everything, shinning with jewelry.
5. Why do the peasants shout, "Long like the King" if they are so oppressed?
They want the monarchs to think that the peasants are with them, so that they will not expect it to come. The mob gets
caught up with the emotion.
6. Dickens again uses foreshadowing to suggest events that are coming to the story.
a. How does Madame Defarge foreshadow revolution in her description of the earthquake and the lightning?
The revolution is going to take everything. Nature can wipe everything we do because it is powerful.
b. How does Madame Defarge ominously foreshadow the use of the knitting in her answer to Barsad's questions? (Page 163,
She writes his name in the hit list, and also does not like him.
c. Reread the last paragraph on page 168. How does this paragraph suggest the revolution to come?
The woman's would be doing their knitting even when they see the guillotine going down and killing people. Also that religion