Stryver has been working overtime to clear his case load in anticipation of an upcoming vacation.
He informs Sydney he intends to marry—and not for money, as one would suppose. He prides himself in always trying to be agreeable, particularly in female company. He chides Carton for being so morose when they visit the Manettes. Stryver tries to be agreeable out of principle and for politics. That is the secret of how he does well.
Stryver finds Ms. Manette charming. He will be a good husband for her because he can provide well enough for her, he is rising in society, and he is a man of distinction.
While Stryver is talking, Carton is drinking very quickly.
Stryver recommends that Carton also consider marrying—preferably some landlady who has property. It doesn’t matter if Carton doesn’t enjoy the company of women or understand them. He needs to marry because he can’t take care of himself.
Carton replies that he’ll consider it.