Write short note on the "hundreds of people" and the event of the carriage in Tale of Two Cities.

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Book the Second, Chapters 6 and 7 develop the motif of the echoing footsteps of hundreds of people, and its cause, the event of the carriage. In Chapter 6, which is actually entitled "Hundreds of People," the author, using Miss Pross' exaggeration that "hundreds of people" are coming to look after her beautiful and beloved Lucie Darnay, extends that metaphor to describe the Revolution about to break out in France. The echoes of footsteps of these masses overlies the mundane events of the lives of Miss Pross, Lucie, and her father, foreshadowing thae doom that will soon shatter their idyllic existence. The hundreds of people who will march and change France forever will also change the lives of these innocent people living in ostensible safety so far away, in London (Book the Second, Chapter 6).

In the next chapter, entitled "Monseigneur in Town," an event is described that epitomizes the causes of the coming Revolution. Completely uncaring about the welfare of the common people, Monseigneur goes riding recklessly in his carriage through the city streets, and strikes and kills a child. With complete callousness towards the humanity of the child and the grief of its parent, he expresses anger that he himself should be so inconvenienced, and cynically throws some coins in the street, as if in compensation for the life he has snuffed out. It is this attitude of utter disregard for the masses that has festered for so long, and which will soon result in the bloody retaliation of the Revolution, when those who have been downtrodden rise up together, hundreds and hundreds of them, to wreak their vengeance on the aristocracy, those represented by Monseigneur (Book the Second, Chapter 7).

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