What is the symbolic meaning of the chocolate and Monseigneur in the beginning of the 7th Chapter in Book II of A Tale of Two Cities?

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In considering this excellent chapter, which contains lots of prime examples of Dickensian irony, you need to consider how Dickens presents the upper classes. Note that this chapter occurs before the Revolution has actually started, and we see the French upper class, symbolised by Monseigneur, in all of their finery and vapid wealth. Consider the following description of Monseigneur and his beloved chocolate:

Monseigneur was in his inner room, his sanctuary of sanctuaries, the Holiest of Holiests to the crowd of worshippers in the suite of rooms without. Monseigneur was about to take his chocolate. Monseigneur could swallow a great many things with ease, and was by some few sullen minds supposed to be rather rapidly swallowing France;...

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