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Summary Chapter 6

Defarge greets the shoemaker. He lets in more light into the room. He asks the man if he is going to finish the shoes. The man doesn’t know. Jarvis Lorry comes forward, and Defarge asks the man to show Lorry the shoe. The man tells Lorry it is a lady’s walking shoe. When Defarge tells him to state his name as the person who made it, the man replies, “Number 105, North Tower.”

Lorry asks if he is a shoemaker by trade. The man says no. He learned it. He taught himself. Lorry then calls him Mr. Manette and asks if he remembers him. He asks if he remembers Mr. Defarge as his former servant. Mr. Manette has brief recognition on his face, but it dims almost immediately. Miss Manette moves closer, feeling compassion for him. The man resumes his work. Defarge and Lorry move to the side. Defarge asks Lorry if he has identified him positively as Mr. Manette. Lorry says yes.

Mr. Manette finally notices the woman standing next to him. He asks if she is the jailer’s daughter. She says no. Lorry and Defarge move closer, worried he might harm her. He caresses her hair. He said she laid her head on his shoulder. She had been afraid of him going, but he hadn’t been. When they brought him to prison, they found something that he begged to keep. It couldn’t help him escape physically, only mentally. He asks if she is the woman he is speaking about.

Miss Manette begs Lorry and Defarge not to interfere. Mr. Manette realizes she couldn’t be that woman. She is too young. He asks Miss Manette her name. She promises to tell him at another time, as well as reveal her parentage. However, now is not the time or place. She asks him to kiss her. She tells him to weep for any familiar memory she sparks in him. She has come to take him away, and his suffering is over. She tells him her mother is dead, and that her mother kept from her the fact that her father was alive to spare her pain. He embraces her, then gradually falls to the floor in exhaustion.

She asks if they can prepare for their departure. Lorry asks if Mr. Manette is fit for a journey. She believes it is better than letting him stay. Defarge agrees with her. Miss Manette wants to stay with him. They are reluctant to leave her alone. However, much needs to be prepared, and there is little time to do it. Lorry goes to hire a carriage, and Defarge gets the papers.

At nightfall, they prepare to leave. Mr. Manette seems confused by his surroundings, since he expects to still be at the prison. He doesn’t remember coming here. They ride until they encounter some soldiers asking to see their papers. Defarge shows them, and they are allowed to proceed.

Charles Dickens