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What animals are used to describe Stryver and Carton in Charles Dickens' A Tale of Two Cities?

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In the second book of Charles Dickens’ novel A Tale of Two Cities, the author dedicates a chapter to the characters known as C.J. Stryver, a lawyer of questionable ethics and of even more questionable competency, and Sydney Carton. Lawyers endure endless barbs and criticisms, some good-natured, others not, and some legitimate, others not, regarding their ethics or moral compasses and their oft-times seemingly avaricious nature. The chapter devoted to these two lawyers is titled “The Jackal,” a reference to a member of canine species known for its opportunistic and omnivores nature. They can be considered scavengers, as they generally feed off of already-dead animals, as well as plants (hence, “omnivores”). In short, to compare an individual to this particular animal is to suggest someone of a somewhat menacing and opportunistic character. Note in the following passage from this chapter of A Tale of Two Cities the author’s description of the relationship between Stryver and...

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Stryver is also physically described as stout, loud, red, buff, and free from any drawback of delicacy, haad a pushing way of shouldering himself into companies and conversations.