The mood of the ending of Book the Third is one of dread and suspense. The reader is aware of the situation in Paris, and can be certain of trouble for Charles. The compassion of Charles for his servant, for whom he is willing to risk his life, provokes the reader's sympathy for his character. Charles’s effort to keep his departure a secret, at least for a little while, enhances the mood, with the likelihood that Lucie will follow him to Paris. The unsettled atmosphere in France during the Revolution makes it dangerous for anyone, even those on a mission of mercy, as Charles is. Trouble is sure to draw Charles in. Since Charles is a former nobleman, the reader knows that he will be a target, as he indeed becomes. This allows the reader to know something that the characters are not yet aware of. Charles is going toward his doom.