In A Tale of Two Cities, why does Mr. Lorry hustle Lucie into a back room and lock the door as soon as she and her father arrive at Tellson's Bank?

In A Tale of Two Cities, Mr. Lorry hustles Lucie into a back room and locks the door as soon as she and her father arrive at Tellson's Bank because Paris is in the grip of revolutionary fervor and he fears that she is in constant danger.

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In part 3, chapter 2 of A Tale of Two Cities, Dr. Manette and Lucie arrive at Tellson's Bank to see Mr. Lorry. Mr. Lorry is in a state of grave anxiety at the state of turmoil to which the revolutionaries have reduced the city of Paris. He begs Dr. Manette not even to look out of the window for fear of drawing the attention of the bloodthirsty mob outside. Dr. Manette is unafraid, remarking that, as a former prisoner in the Bastille, he would be a hero to the revolutionaries.

Although Lucie is Dr. Manette's daughter, she is also the wife of Charles Darnay, an aristocrat who is now incarcerated in La Force prison. Mr. Lorry knows that she is in imminent danger and asks her to allow him to lock her in a back room of the bank for her own safety. Lucie agrees to this without question, for she senses the urgency in Lorry's voice and knows that he is honest and devoted to helping her and her father. Dr. Manette turns out to be right about his heroic status among the revolutionaries, but the frightening picture of the men turning the grindstone before he secures their help shows that Mr. Lorry's apprehensions of danger were fully justified.

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