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Why does Darnay pay to have an escort in paris in A Tale of Two Cities Book 3, Chapter 1?

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Why does Darnay pay to have an escort in paris in A Tale of Two Cities Book 3, Chapter 1?

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litteacher8 | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

Posted May 21, 2013 at 4:05 AM (Answer #1)

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Darnay needs to hire an escort because he cannot pass through Paris without constantly being stopped for his papers.

When Darnay gets to France, he is told that he can’t travel without an escort because he is an aristocrat and an emigrant.  Basically, they know who he is and that he went to England.  He is the Marquis St. Evremonde, and therefore hated throughout the new order.

“Silence!” growled a red-cap, striking at the coverlet with the butt-end of his musket. “Peace, aristocrat!”

“It is as the good patriot says,” observed the timid functionary. “You are an aristocrat, and must have an escort—and must pay for it.”

“I have no choice,” said Charles Darnay. (Book 3, Chapter 1)

The men laugh at him.  They are wearing red caps, and tell him he is going to be judged in Paris.  This is the beginning of the real danger for Darnay, because just by coming back he risks getting the guillotine.  Darnay would risk anything for a friend though, and goes on.

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