The second half of Book Two brought some clarity, but more questions, too. Here are some thoughts that I wrote in my book:
One year passes, and Darnay teaches French in London. He likes to work! He loves Lucie and asks Mr. Manette for her hand in marriage. He wanted to tell Mr. Manette about his past, but Manette said no.
Carton reveals to Lucie his feelings in a strange way. He longs to be reborn and tells Lucie she inspires him to want to be a better man.
A funeral procession for Roger Cly (a spy?) while crowds follow causing chaos and riots.
Cruncher meets with Izaak Walton and another man to head to graveyard. Something bad happened? Young Jerry saw everything. * What is the significance of a "resurrection man?"
Mrs. Defarge is always knitting (a secret coded record of those to be killed.)
|The Four Jacques|
* Who is "Jacques?" Are all spies named Jacques? Jacques equals revolutionary.
* Why is John Barsad important? The description of his appearance reminds me a lot like the description of a shield - you know, like blazonry.
"Age, about forty years; height, about five feet nine; black hair; complexion dark; generally, rather handsome visage; eyes dark, face thin, long, and sallow; nose aquiline, but not straight, having a peculiar inclination towards the left cheek; expression, therefore, sinister!"
* Gaspard executed for murdering Monsieur the Marquis.
* Little Lucie spoke both French and English (the Two Cities blended in her life).
* What about these echoes in Lucie's life?
* Darnay decides to take a risk and heads to France to help his old, trusted servant Gabelle who has been accused of treason.
This is all that I am going to write about for this second check-in. After this read-along is complete next week, I will wrap up my review; I plan to write about why Charles Dickens is an author I appreciate very much.