In Book the Second, ch. 1 what further hint is given by young Jerry as to his father's occupation?"A Tale of Two Cities" by Charles Dickens

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After a description of Tellson's Bank in Chapter 1 of the Second Book of "A Tale of Two Cities," Dickens describes "Mr. Cruncher's private lodging in ...Whitefriars."  There Jerry is asleep on a windy March morning, but he is awakened by his wife who is on her knees in a corner, praying.  Jerry throws a muddy boot at her which

may introduce the odd circumstance connected with Mr. Cruncher's domestic economy, that whereas he often came home after banking hours with clean boots, he often got up next morning to find the same boots covered with clay.

Jerry is red-eyed and grim, "as if he had been up all night..." But, he dresses for his job as a porter outside Tellson's Bank.  Little Jerry, his son, accompanies him; when Jerry goes on an errand, his son sits on Mr. Cruncher's stool and "cogitates,"

'Al-ways rusty!  His fingers is al1ways rusty!'  His fingers is al-ways rusty!' muttered Young Jerry.  'Where does my father get all that iron rust from?  He don't get no iron rust here!'

Jerry's occupation is significant as it parodies the duality of Dr. Manette in a comical way.  His euphemisms such as "flopping" for praying by his wife create and inversion of a world as body-snatching is respectable and prayer is degraded.  In "resurrecting" bodies, Jerry also turns the theme of resurrection into a grotesque parody.


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