What hidden function does Madame Defarge's constant knitting serve? In what way does it affect the life of Charles Darnay?
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When we are first presented with Madame Defarge, she is knitting quietly in the wine shop. However, this knitting hides the bloodthirst that we see later on in the novel as we discover that behind this mask of passivity lies a real desire for vengeance, for she is secretly knitting with her stitches a register of the names intended for slaughter as part of the revolution. In particular, Darnay's association with the Evremonde family and Mdame Defarge's special link with this family means that she takes a particular relish in condemning both Charles Darnay and his wife to death. We see her committing the faces of Lucie and her family to memory, and then invades the house of the Darnay's to try and catch Lucie before she leaves.
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