In A Tale of Two Cities, what is Charles' "loadstone rock"?
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The American Heritage Dictionary defines a "loadstone" as a piece of magnetite that attracts iron or steel, or something that attracts strongly. In Book the Second, Chapter 24, Charles Darnay is strongly drawn to return to France to rescue Gabelle from prison, even though he knows that, in the current atmosphere of turmoil, the ruling class is being driven from the country and violent revolution is imminent. Charles reasons naively that since he has renounced his noble family and oppressed no one, he should be able to return unmolested. France, or perhaps his loyal nature, is Charles' "loadstone rock", drawing him inexorably away from the safety of England and back into the turbulence of France.
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