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Why does Dr. Manette make shoes in A Tale of Two Cites?

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Dr. Manette makes shoes because he made shoes while he was in prison, and when he gets stressed he has a mental relapse and makes shoes.

Dr. Manette was locked in the Bastille prison for 18 years by the Marquis St. Evremonde.  His pastime, while he was in there, was to make shoes.  He did this to keep from losing his mind. 

My mind is a blank, from some time—I cannot even say what time—when I employed myself, in my captivity, in making shoes, to the time when I found myself living in London with my dear daughter here. (Book 2, Ch. 3)

When he got out, he retained his shoemaking tools and went back to shoemaking whenever he was stressed.   It...

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