In the Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens, what did the broken wine casket and the peasants "licking" the ground symbolize?

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Well, for one, the wine symbolizes the blood that will shed in the streets later. This is made obvious by the peasant writing blood on the walls. The fact that poor peasants would actually lick the ground shows the state of their misery. It also shows the mob mentality that the peasants adhere to.

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