Chapter 16: Still Knitting. Ms. Botelho Ms. Janson Mr. Gorman. Core Value: Communication 21 st CLE: Students should apply processes of analysis, evaluation and creation in problem-solving.
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St. Antoine citizens are turning towards a revolution after witnessing the hanging of Gaspard above the fountain, turning their efforts towards avengement.
How did MonsieurDefarge learn this? Who did they meet on their way back into St. Antoine?
This is related to Question 1 on your study guide.
His name… John Barsad!
Question to consider:1) What does Madame Defarge mean by “register” him?2) Where have we met John Barsad before?
Question 5: Who is he spying for?
"It does not take a long time to strike a man with Lightning," said Defarge.
"How long," demanded madame, composedly, "does it take to make and store the lightning? Tell me."
Defarge raised his head thoughtfully, as if there were something in that too.
"It does not take a long time," said madame, "for an earthquake to swallow a town. Eh well! Tell me how long it takes to prepare the earthquake?"
"A long time, I suppose," said Defarge.
"But when it is ready, it takes place, and grinds to pieces everything before it. In the meantime, it is always preparing, though it is not seen or heard. That is your consolation. Keep it.“
Defarge is worried that they will not get to see the Revolution, which they have worked so carefully and hard for, but Madame Defarge says, “It is your weakness that you sometimes need to see your victims and your opportunity to sustain you. Sustain yourself without it.” (Question 4)
One day… I’ll see…
Madame Defarge laughs looking at the stranger “age forty, height about five feet nine, black hair, generally hadnsome visage, complexion dark, eyes dark, thin long and sallow face, aquiline nose but not straight…”
Who does this description describe?
He compliments the Madame Defarge’s knitting pattern. “You think so?” said Madame Defarge, looking at him with a smile. What is the irony?
Barsad tries to get Madame Defarge to show her disloyalty to the aristocracy, provoking her with comments like,“Ah the unfortunate miserable people. So oppressed, too– as you say… A bad business this, madame, of Gaspard’s execution. Ah! The poor Gaspard!”
Madame doesn’t buy into his tactics and plays “the fool,” responding “if people use knives for such purposes, they have to pay for it. He knew beforehand what the price his luxury was, he has paid the price.”
“pick up crumbs he could find, or make, did not allow his baffled state to express sinister face; but, stood with an air of gossiping gallantry.”
Question to Consider:
Do you think there’s any irony in Dicken’s word choice? Remember that the village is starving.
Why is Defarge upset about Lucie’s marriage?
What did they promise to do to the entire Evremonde family in the last chapter?
Why doesn’t Madame Defarge react? (Question 3)
What is being foreshadowed?