A Tale of Two Cities Book the Third, Chapters 2 and 3 Summary and Analysis

Charles Dickens

Book the Third, Chapters 2 and 3 Summary and Analysis


Jarvis Lorry is taking care of business at Tellson’s Bank in Paris. The bank is located in the house of an aristocratthe same “Monseigneur” who required four men to assist him with his drinking chocolate. Monseigneur fled the country, and the house was seized and raided by the revolutionaries. Lorry is dismayed by the violence and disorder. He comforts himself with the belief that none of his loved ones are in Paris. At that moment, however, Dr. Manette and Lucie enter the office. They traveled to Paris after learning that Charles Darnay was incarcerated in La Force. Lorry is horrified by the news. While they talk, a crowd of peasants gather around a large grindstone outside. Lorry begs Dr. Manette to stay away from the window so the people, who are sharpening their weapons on the red-stained stone, will not see him. Dr. Manette, however, insists that he is the most capable of saving Charles Darnay because the peasants will welcome him as a former Bastille prisoner. Dr. Manette departs, leaving Lucie, her daughter, and Miss Pross with Lorry.

Lorry realizes that he is endangering Tellson’s Bank by allowing Lucie (the “wife of an emigrant prisoner”) to stay there. Lucie, however, informs him that her father reserved rooms for them nearby. Lorry accompanies Lucie, her daughter, and Miss...

(The entire section is 585 words.)