Please answer the following question based on Chapter 5 Book 1 of A Tale of Two Cities.What information about Lucie’s father’s state of mind is revealed to Mr. Lorry during the climb up the...

Please answer the following question based on Chapter 5 Book 1 of A Tale of Two Cities.

What information about Lucie’s father’s state of mind is revealed to Mr. Lorry during the climb up the five flights of stairs to Dr. Manette’s room?

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In this whispered conversation that Mr. Lorry has with Monsieur Defarge, out of the hearing of Lucie, Mr. Lorry is able to establish certain facts concerning the health of Dr. Manette, none of which reassure him. He is told that Dr. Manette is alone "of his own necessity" for his safety. However, most revealing is Monsieur Defarge's response to the question if Dr. Manette is "greatly changed." He utters "Changed!" and then accompanies this verbal ejaculation with strange body language:

The keeper of the wine-shop stopped to strike the wall with his hand, and mutter a tremendous curse. No direct answer could have been half so forcible.

So, although no precise details are given regarding the state of health of Dr. Manette, it is clear that the way in which Monsieur Defarge responds to the questions of Mr. Lorry indicates that Dr. Manette's state of mind is very poor indeed.

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