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A Tale of Two Cities

by Charles Dickens

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Book the Second, Chapters 12 and 13 Questions and Answers

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1. What does Stryver decide to do at the beginning of the chapter?

2. What is the gist of Stryver’s conversation with Lorry?

3. How does Stryver react to this?

4. What does this say about his character?

5. Is Lorry capable of having both a business life and a personal life?

6. What is Stryver’s final comment about Lucie?

7. Who pays a call on Lucie?

8. How does Carton look to Lucie?

9. What does Carton tell Lucie?

10. Why does Carton love Lucie?

1. He decides to tell Lucie of his intentions so that she may know she is going to be happy.

2. Lorry tells Stryver that he should not ask Lucie to marry him.

3. He proclaims that Lucie must be “a mincing fool” if she will not marry him.

4. It shows that he is very arrogant and bitter.

5. Yes, he finally is. He achieves this by making a clear distinction between business and friendship.

6. He says that “you cannot control … the giddinesses of empty-headed girls.”

7. Sydney Carton pays a call of Lucie.

8. He looks ill and she asks what she can do to help him.

9. He tells her that he loves her and that he is willing to die for her.

10. From the evidence given, it must be because of her “sweet compassion.”

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