How is the Manette household described?A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens

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After Lucie Manette and her father have settled into life in London four months after his rescue and the trial of Charles Darnay, Mr. Lorry, who has become the friend of the doctor, makes his way to the Manette's quaint London home.  They live on a charming, picturesque corner upon which the windows of their lodging look.  There are few other buildings, so the forest-trees flourish and wild flowers yet grow.  Even the hawthon blossoms in new fields.  Thus, country airs

circulated in Soho with vigorous freedom, instead of languishing onto the parish like stray paupers without a settlement; and there was many a good south wall, not far off, on which the peaches ripened in their season.

In summer, the sun shines strongly into this corner of the Manettes during the morning; however, in the afternoon, the corner is in soothing shade. Thus, it is a cool spot, but "a wonderful place for echoes." The neighborhood is extremely peaceful. 

Two floors of the house are reserved for offices for Doctor Manette. On the first floor, there are three rooms with doors which allowed a person to pass freely through them all.  The first room, the "best room," is that of Lucie and it contains her work table, her birds and flowers, her books, and water-colours.  The second room is the consulting room for the Doctor that doubles as the dining room, as well; and, the third room is Dr. Manette's bedroom which has in a corner his workbench and his tray of tools.

The corner of the street on which the Manette house is located has one peculiarity, the echoes mentioned above seem to be the footsteps of people.  These echoing footsteps worry Miss Pross who fears that "hundreds of people" will come to visit them.

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