Monsieur and Madame Defarge are Parisians, working for the Revolution. They have a wine shop where a number of plots are formed to take over the corrupt government. Dr. Manette is virtually imprisoned in a garret room above the shop.
Madame Defarge knits throughout the course of the novel. She works the names of those who should be eliminated within the design of the scarf. Madame Defarge represents the hatred of the French people for the aristocracy. Her hatred, however, is personal, and she wants to kill every family member of the Marquis St. Evremonde, no matter how far removed they may be from his evil ways.