A Tale of Two Cities - Book 3, Chapter 5 Summary & Analysis

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Book 3, Chapter 5 Summary

Through information obtained through her father, Lucie makes her presence known to Charles every afternoon around 3:00 for several hours. She has to stand besides a wood-sawyer who calls himself the "Samson of the firewood guillotine." He watches her as she stands there. She watches him and the woman called Vengeance and others dance in the street with the deadly Carmagnole, a victory dance of Death by the Revolutionaries. Then, her father tells her Charles is summoned to Tribunal the very next day.

Book 3, Chapter 5 Analysis

Tale of Two Cities moves in rivulets of suspense, for lives are always at stake. An inquisitive woodcutter who likes to pretend his saw is a guillotine, a "harmless" dance of death in the streets, a chance encounter with Madame Defarge, just a "footstep in the snow" all add to the impending sense of potential horror for Charles and his...

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