A Tale of Two Cities - Book 2, Chapter 8 Summary & Analysis

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Summary

The Marquis Evremonde travels to his village, which has only one street with horrible poverty infesting the people and their businesses. He demands that a man explain why he was so focused on his carriage. The man says that he saw a man attached to his carriage. The man then dove into the river. The Marquis then tells his servant to take care of the matter. A woman petitions the Marquis for a gravestone for her husband. He drives off without answering. Arriving home, he asks if his nephew, Charles, has come.

Analysis

The Marquis Evremonde is consumed with selfishness, content to live among his own people, who are literally dying of want. He treats everyone, including a witness to a possible intruder, with total contempt, assigning any unpleasantries to his servant, Gabelle. Even worse, he ignores the peasant woman's plea for a simple gravestone. His chateau...

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