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Chapter 14

  1. Whose funeral passes Tellson’s Bank?

The Old Baily’s Funeral passes

  1. 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?


  1. What does Dickens think of the behavior of the mob at the funeral? Give examples to prove your point.

He makes an example that it is very bad and irresponsible. 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.

  1. How does Dickens poke fun at Cruncher’s “gallantry” in escorting women from one side of Fleet Street to the other?

He compares women to a stool, because woman at the time were objects. He is not a gentleman at all, he hates his wife, he is living a lie. He expects a reward and because it is public. 

Chapters 15 & 16

  1. How did Charles Darnay get his last name?

Because it is his mothers family.

  1. The Defarges are both bitter revolutionaries, but they differ in many ways.
    1. How do the two Defarges differ in their attitude toward the coming revolution and their patience in waiting to see it come? Mr. Defarge is more passionate and less patient, Mrs. Defarge is more cautious and worried.
    2. How do the two Defarges differ when they hear the news about the coming marriage of Charles Darnay to Lucie?

Mrs. Defarge is angry that it took so long for her to get married; Mr. Defarge is very troubled that Mr. Darnay if he comes back to France something bad will happen to him.

    1. How does Madame Defarge show an aspect of her character in the fear she inspires in the road mender?

She shows an aspect of character in the fear she inspires in the road mender by “But, madame sat all day at her counter, so expressly unconscious of him, and so particularly determined not to perceive that his being there had any connection with anything below the surface, that he shook in his wooden shoes whenever his eye lighted on her.” She is going to take what ever steps are necessary. Her knitting is of all the people that will die when the revolution takes place.

    1. How did Defarge show courage on Gaspard’s behalf?

They are sad for him. They are going to use this to get more people to go against the royalty. They tried to hide him.

    1. What traits do the two Defarges seem to have in common?

 They both have bravery and cunning.

  1. Now, long after the trial of Charles Darnay, John Barsad appears again on the scene.
    1. How does his present occupation resemble his occupation as revealed at the trial?

He is a spy, and is trying to get information out of Madam Defarge.

    1. How does Barsad try to trick the Defarges into an admission of sympathy for Gaspard and the oppressed?     

He talks caringly of Gaspard.

    1. What one penetration does Barsad make in the armor of caution of the Defarges? Gives the information of Lucie and Mr. Darnay are married.  


  1. 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 trying to suggest that he is bathing in their splendors, the most important people.


5. Why do the peasants shout, “Long like the King,” if they are so oppressed? He is trying to show the mice to the cat. Trying to not draw attention to himself, for when the revolution is taking place. So that the royalty will not expect that anything bad is about to happen. The excitement is real for him; the mob gets caught up in the emotion.

  1. Dickens again uses foreshadowing to suggest events that are coming to the story.
    1. How does Madame Defarge foreshadow revolution in her description of the earthquake and the lightning?

The lightning is going to be very fast, the earthquake just swallows everything and only takes one second but takes everything. It compares both to a natural force that once released cannot be stopped.

    1. How does Madame Defarge ominously foreshadow the use of the knitting in her answer to Barsad’s questions? (Page 163, lines 34-36)

She writes his name into her hit list.

    1. Reread the last paragraph on page 168. How does this paragraph suggest the revolution to come?

 This shows that the fighting that is going to go on, the bells are going to be destroyed, they will be knitting while people are being killed. The people were more concerned with revenge than making a new better government. The Church Bells were turned into cannons.