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Dickins uses red, and especially the DeFarges exploits as leaders of the rebellion, to hint at the blood lust that will one day taint the worthy pursuits of the Revolution. The presence of red was a terrifying indicator of a rebel, and the more bloodthirsty a rebel was, the more renowned he or she became as a leader of the revolution. Some cases in point are characters like Madame Defarge and the horrendous rebels she either emulated or one-upped in terms of gruesome retaliation, usually involving brutal stabbings, but occassionally involving things like choking via force-feeding with clumps of grass, as a representation of the "food" upon which thousands of peasants were expected to rely.
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