In "A Tale of Two Cities," what does Cruncher's and Miss Pross's meeting place at the cathedral symbolize?In "A Tale of Two Cities," what does Cruncher's and Miss Pross's meeting place at...
In "A Tale of Two Cities," what does Cruncher's and Miss Pross's meeting place at the cathedral symbolize?
I think that the choice of the Cathedral as the meeting place for Jerry and Miss Pross to continue their escape at the end of A Tale of Two Cities is part of a motif that connects goodness with Christianity. The location of the Cathedral symbolizes the essential goodness of their cause as well as Jerry's recent decision to leave the his life of crime and give up grave robbing. In an opposite manner, Madame Defarge, who Miss Pross meets up with back at the Manette's apartment symbolizes everything evil about France. As such you might say that Miss Pross and England are symbolized by their meeting in God's house, while Madame Defarge symbolizes everything that God is against. In a similar manner, Sydney Carton also takes on the role of goodness and associates it with God by his recitation of John 11:24-25, "I am the resurrection and the life...." Again Dickens is using things of Christianity to symbolize goodness.
Jerry Cruncher and Miss Pross are interesting peripheral characters, because both allow the story line to continue through their actions and the role they play. Jerry Cruncher facilitates all kinds of transactions, including less than honorable ones. Miss Pross serves to facilitate the Darnay-Manette transformation. In the end, both characters prove to be more important than they seemed at first, and they play a significant role in the rescue of the Manette-Darnay family.
I agree. Dickens's use of the Cathedral as a meeting place is a direct contrast to the evilness of vengeance and murder taking place in the apartment. Cruncher and Pross are on a worthy mission--perhaps not spiritual in nature, but certainly just. Their stand for justice against the tide of injustice is depicted through this meeting place--the jumping-off place for the rest of their lives away from France.