In "A Tale of Two Cities", why is Lorry going to Paris, and why does Gabelle request Charles to return to France?This can be found in Chapter 24 from A Tale of Two Cities. Please help!

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Tellson's Bank has one office in London and another in Paris.  Now, the books and papers of the Paris branch are in peril and Mr. Lorry is traveling there to retrieve these books and papers, preventing them from falling into the hands of the revolutionaries (the Jacqueses).  In addition, such a passage of these documents and papers is very dangerous at this time.

While Darnay is in the bank, he hears talk of a letter addressed to the Marquis St. Evremonde, his French name.  This name, in agreement with Dr. Manette, is to be kept secret. Saying that he knows the man, Darnay takes the letter; he walks away and opens it.  In this letter, Gabelle, who was like an overseer of the Evremonde estate, has remitted the imposts and collected no rent.  Yet, he has been arrested and his house razed to the ground from fire.  Gabelle is charged with treason against the people and for "acting for an emigrant [Darnay]."  He begs the Marquis to return to Paris on his behalf.

After witnessing the sneers of the Monseigneur and the bruskness of Stryver, Darnay reflects

Upon those, had followed Gabelle's letter, the appeal of an innocent prisoner in danger of death, to his justice, honour, and good name.

Darnay feels compelled to return.


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