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In Book the Third, Chapter XIV, of A Tale of Two Cities, the nefarious Madame Defarge, concerned that her husband's sympathies for his old master prevent her husband from allowing Dr. Manette to fall under the fateful blow of the guillotine, plots to ensure that all the Evremonde family be exterminated. Telling La Vengeance to have her usual chair ready with her knitting in place for the executions, Mme. Defarge sets out to kill Lucie Manette. In the meantime, the loyal and loving Miss Pross remains with Jerry Cruncher lest suspicions be aroused by their leaving after the carriage with Mr. Lorry and Lucie and her family has already left. Just as Miss Pross returns to the house and reaches for a basin of water with which to relieve her swollen and red eyes, she spots Madame Defarge watching her. When Madame Defarge demands to know where the wife of Evremonde is, Miss Pross loyally stations herself before Lucie's chamber door, saying,
"You might, from your appearance, be the wife of Lucifer....Nevertheless, you shall not et the better of me. I am an Englishwoman.....You wicked foreign woman; I am your match.
Miss Pross, the stalwart and devoted servant of Lucie Manette, depicts the characteristic English determination and pride felt by many in Victorian England, a period of great power for the country. So typical of the nationalistic pride is her insistence that she is superior to Madame Defarge that it rings of Lord Wellington's later insistence that he could beat Napoleon at Waterloo in 1815 even though he was far outnumbered.
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