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In Chapter 7 of Book the Third, when Charles Darnay is released from La Force, why do...

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pinkcrystals | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

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In Chapter 7 of Book the Third, when Charles Darnay is released from La Force, why do they not all return immediately to England?

A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Darnay

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mwestwood | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted May 21, 2011 at 3:07 PM (Answer #1)

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In Charles Dickens's novel of doubles and parallels, images of crime and the justice system of both England and France pervade the narrative.  The fickle nature of juries is alluded to in this chapter as it was in the Chapter III of Book the Second during Darnay's trial in London. Now, in Chapter VII of Book the Third, although Darnay has been released from prison, the atmosphere in the streets is turbulent and unstable. Just as the fickle crowd can at one moment demand blood, then, in the next moment help Dr. Manette tend to the sick or hurt, so, too, the crowd releases Darnay, but he and his family worry that he can easily be arrested again.  For, the name of the residents are posted one the door.

"In the universal fear and distrust that darkened the time, all the usual harmless ways of life were changed."  The family makes every effort to attract as little attention as they can for fear that Darnay will be rearrested.  For instance, Miss Pross and Jerry Cruncher shop each day for only a few things.  With the fickleness of the crowds of revolution, it is "dangerous for Charles yet " to try to leave the country; he would probably be detained.  So, while Charles hopes that the attention given to him will subside, there is again a knocking at his door.  Rour rough men come for Citizen Evremonde, telling him he is again the prisoner of the Republic.  As fate would have it, Charles Darnay is rearrested because he has been denounced by Citizenness and Citizen Defarge.

 

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