In chapter 2, "The Mail," what imagery indicates that something bad is about to happen?Charles Dickens is well known for the way his imagery sets the mood for the action to come.

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There are numerous instances where Dickens uses the landscape to alter the mood of this chapter and make it more foreboding. In the third paragraph of the chapter, Dickens describes a "steaming mist in all the hollows" that was moving "like an evil spirit, seeking rest and finding none." This statement is meant create a feeling of uneasiness within the reader. Dickens furthers this by describing the mist as rippling like "the waves of an unwholesome sea," adding unrest and unpredictability to the scene. After the messenger, Jerry, appears and delivers his message to Mr. Lorry, the mist is described as enclosing the coach as it moves toward Dover. The fact that the coach is enveloped in this mist is meant to insinuate that the danger or uneasiness of the moment will continue with Mr. Lorry to Dover.

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