Book One Questions
7. The letter-de-cachet was one of the serious abuses of the French
monarchy that led to the revolution. Through its use, the king or a powerful nobleman could have a person suddenly or
secretly thrown into prison for life without trial or even a statement of charges. (see Mr. Lorry’s explanation
to Lucie on page 20, lines 23-34)
- What is Mr. Lorry hinting to Lucie concerning what had happened to Dr. Manette? Specifically,
what are the “blank forms”? From your knowledge of French history can you guess what the “dreadful
Lorry is hinting to Lucie that her father is still alive but has disappeared into the Bastille. The Blank forms are the notes
that nobility can write accusing a person of a crime and immediately have them put into jail.
- This information helps to put part of the jigsaw together. What important questions are raised
in the mind of the reader concerning those past events in Dr. Manette’s life?
are some questions raised in the readers mind by this passage: What was the doctors
life like that caused him to disappear, and is he really dead? “What part did he play in the action that caused his
arrest?” “How did he escape?” “What did he do with his wife and child before his arrest?”
- Dickens often makes a word do two jobs. The word may have a simple
meaning and a more profound one. When Dr. Manette, for example, is “recalled to life”, Dickens wants us
to draw parallels between Dr. Manette’s nightmarish existence and death itself. The cell becomes a symbol of death-in-life
that Dr. Manette had to endure.
- Mr. Lorry thinks that he is going to “dig some one out of a grave.”
(page 11, line 19) How does this _expression apply to Dr. Manette and his imprisonment?
Lucie, Jarvis Lorry, and Madame Defarge go back to France to see Dr. Manette and hoping wthat with Lucie’s help, they
might be able to bring Dr. Manette “Recalled to life,” or escape insanity. Also When Dr. Manette was imprisoned,
people thought that he was actually dead. To “dig him out of a grave” would be to remind him of his former life
and thus bring him “back to life.”
- Chapter 3 is called “The Night Shadows.” How does
the title both describe the time of day and also symbolize Mr. Lorry’s misgivings? What does Dickens suggest by
the sunrise at the end of the chapter?
It is called this because the scene takes place during night, Lorry drifts in and out of dreams, and these shadows
are his dreams, ghosts, or the people talking to him when he is half-awake. The title symbolizes his misgivings because of
the mystery and fear associated with the night, relating to the mystery of Dr. Manette’s past. With the sunrise, Mr.
Lorry is relieved of his misgivings because the mystery is lifted.
- Dickens sometimes makes the symbol obvious. For example, when
the wine spills, someone writes “BLOOD” on the wall. How does the bursting of the wine cask resemble the
outbreak of a revolution?
By writing “BLOOD” on the wall, Dickens represents that the characters are soon planning a bloody revolution
and that they were hungry for blood.
9.By the use of foreshadowing, Dickens prepares
us for events to come. Sometimes these hints are symbolic, as well.
a. How does the behavior of the people at the spilled-wine
episode foreshadow their behavior when revolution came?
behavior of the people when the wine is spilled is chaotic and they are only looking out to get the wine for themselves. They
do not care that it is not rightfully theirs. When the revolution comes, many people will retain the mob-like attitudes they
have when the wine is spilled
b. In the ominous description of Madame Defarge, there is
additional foreshadowing of events to come. What is the effect of the phrase “saw nothing”? Do you think she saw
nothing? Why or why not?
effect of the phrase “saw nothing” begs the question exactly what did she see. We believe that she did in fact
see something as if she did in fact se nothing then why would the author mention it.
c. Sometimes the foreshadowing is very subtle. It
tantalizes us with just a hint, nothing more. Jerry Cruncher says, “‘You’d be in a Blazing bad way, if recalling
to life was to come into fashion Jerry!’” (page 9, lines 2-3) This foreshadows important events to come. What
do you think might be the explanation for Jerry’s comment?
the wine spills it resembles the outbreak of a revolution, because when the wine spills everyone runs toward it and tries
to get a drink from the wine, just like how everyone during the revolution ran towards it and wanted to become a part. The
Wine is supposed to be like the blood that is spilled during the revolution.