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A Tale of Two Cities

by Charles Dickens

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Book the Second, Chapter 6 Questions and Answers

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Study Questions
1. Where is Mr. Lorry going at the beginning of this chapter?

2. What is the tone of this chapter?

3. Is Miss Pross’ claim that “hundreds of people” visit the house accurate?

4. What has Miss Pross’ brother done to her?

5. What has Dr. Manette kept as a reminder of his 18 years in prison?

6. Who else comes to the Manettes’ house on this Sunday?

7. What is odd about Dr. Manette’s house?

8. Of what is this symbolic?

9. What happens when a storm approaches?

10. What is foreshadowed by the storm?

Answers
1. He is on his way to dine with Lucie and Dr. Manette, with whom he has become friends.

2. This chapter starts out with a tone of quiet normality but conveys an ominous sense that this normality is about to be shattered.

3. No. In fact, only three visitors show up on this day.

4. He has stolen everything that she owns, yet she still holds him in high esteem.

5. He has kept his shoemaker’s bench and tools.

6. Charles Darnay and Sydney Carton are the other visitors.

7. The house has an acoustical property that allows distant footsteps to be heard as if they were up close.

8. These distant footsteps are symbolic of the danger that is coming to the people in the house.

9. The sound of echoing footsteps grows louder as people hurry for shelter from the storm.

10. The storm foreshadows that something ominous is about to happen.

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