What is the atmosphere in the home that Lucie has made for herself and Doctor Manette in "A Tale of Two Cities"? (Book 2, Chapter 6)

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jilllessa eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Lucie has made a very lovely house for herself and Dr. Manette.  They lived in a lovely corner on a street with a "congenial air of retirement."  Although the furnishings were not much, she had used everything to it's best advantage creating a lovely home that people wanted to visit for Sunday dinner.  Dickens describes it:

"Simple as the furniture was, it was set off by so many little adornments, of no value but for their taste and fancy, that it's effect was delightful."

He continues to say that the house and it's furnishings were expressive of their originator.   Lucy also served lovely meals, cooked by Miss Pross,that were at once modest yet tasty with both French and English influences. 

Overall, Lucie has created a pleasant little enclave in England where guests can find a gracious reception and respite from their daily cares. 

kriskress eNotes educator| Certified Educator

The Manette family home is described as a place where one could escape and be happy. They frequently welcome guests and visitors, and it is left "untouched" by the horrors of the building Revolution in France. It is a place the news of all the terrible losses of innocent lives has not yet reached. It is quaint and delicate, just as Lucie. A place of laughter and rest.

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