What is the subject of Jarvis Lorry's dream?

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In Book 1, Jarvis Lorry dreams of a man who has been buried alive and is being recalled to life (resurrected) but is worried about it.  In actuality, the man is Dr. Manetter, and he has been falsely imprisoned and just let out.

When Lorry retrieves Dr. Manette, the conversation echoes his dream.

Mr. Jarvis Lorry—sitting opposite the buried man who had been dug out, and wondering what subtle powers were for ever lost to him, and what were capable of restoration—the old inquiry:

“I hope you care to be recalled to life?”

And the old answer:

“I can’t say.” (Book 1, chapter 6)

Lorry knows that Dr. Manette is nervous about being brought back to life, which is really just a metaphor for being released from prison.  Lorry is aware of the potential dangers Dr. Manette will face when he returns to England.  His daughter will not know him, and he worries about his fragile mental state.  So when Lorry asks the ghost if it cares to be recalled to life, it isn’t sure.  Lorry is not sure Dr. Manette will be able to make the transition well, since he is so fragile mentally.


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