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Book III Chapter 5 “The Wood-Sawyer ”. Title meaning: Lucie encounters a man who makes wood and taunts her about the guillotine. Plot Summary:. Lucie waits every day wondering whether or not her husband will be sent to the guillotine.

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Book iii chapter 5 the wood sawyer

Book IIIChapter 5 “The Wood-Sawyer”

Title meaning: Lucie encounters a man who makes wood and taunts her about the guillotine.


Plot summary

Plot Summary:

  • Lucie waits every day wondering whether or not her husband will be sent to the guillotine.

  • Lucie encounters the road mender who is now the wood-sawyer at a wood-cutting shop.

  • The wood-sawyer scares Lucie, always joking about the guillotine.

  • Days later, a mob rushes around the prison, doing what’s called the “Carmagnole,” a revolutionary dance.

  • Lucie’s father then tells her Darnay is going on trial the next day.

  • When the Manettes come to tell Mr. Lorry the news, he is surprised and hides the person to whom he was talking, leaving the Manettes bewildered.


Literary devices

Literary Devices:

Simile:Dickens compares the revolutionaries to demons to illustratehow vicious and relentless they are when dancing the Carmagnole:

“There could not be fewer than five hundred people, and they were dancing like five thousand demons” (288).Foreshadowing: Three people losing their lives at the guillotine could be a sign that Darnay is next: “One. Two. Three. Three tumbrils faring away with their dread loads over the hushing snow” (290).

Repetition: This constantly repeated phrase shows the seriousness of the matter for the revolutionaries. They want all or nothing:“Liberty, Equality, Fraternity, or Death.” (288)


Essential quote

Essential Quote

“Lovely girls; bright women, brown-haired, black-haired, and grey; youths; stalwart men and old; gentle born and peasant born; all red wine for la Guillotine…” (285)


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