In Ch. 3 of "A Tale of Two Cities" by Charles Dickens, why is th introduction so appropriate for this chapter?

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At the beginning of Chapter 3 of "A Tale of Two Cities," Dickens reflects upon the inscrutability of human nature as he contemplates the idea that no one truly knows what lies in the heart of another.

In a similar contemplation, Jerry Cruncher "harps on one theme" as he carries the message "Recalled to Life" back to London.  It would not due for people to be "recalled to life" in his line of business, he considers.  At this point, the reader does not know to what he alludes.  Then, as Mr. Lorry rides in the coach with strangers who look suspiciously at one another, hoping that no one is a disguised highwayman, he ponders what "recalled to life" must mean for the man in Paris who has been "buried alive for eighteen years."  Amidst the night shadows, the passenger Lorry images a conversation with the "ghostly face," asking him what it is like to have been "buried alive," what secrets this man's heart holds, just as "everyone of those closely clustered houses encloses its own secret" in the first few lines of the chapter.

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