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Summary Chapter 24

It is the wedding day. Dr. Manette is talking to Charles Darnay privately. Mr. Lorry, Miss Pross, and Miss Pross’s brother Solomon are part of the wedding party.

Mr. Lorry once again admires Lucie’s beauty and takes satisfaction in playing a part in molding her life to this moment. He regrets that he never married. Miss Pross claims that she cried over every piece of silverware, then adds her skepticism that Mr. Lorry would have ever married. She believes that he is a born bachelor. Mr. Lorry assures Lucie that she leaves her father in good hands. They will see that he joins her and her husband in Wales in a happier and healthier state.

Dr. Manette comes out with Charles Darnay, looking paler than when he had entered the room with him. His manner, though, is unaltered.

Lucie and Charles Darnay are married. Later, they leave for their honeymoon. Mr. Lorry observes that a great change overcomes the Doctor as soon as they leave. He advises Miss Pross not to speak to the Doctor. He promises to return after checking on some business at the bank. He plans to take the Doctor for a ride in the country, which he believes will do him some good.

However, when he returns, Miss Pross tells him that the Doctor doesn’t know her and is making shoes again. Dr. Manette does not recognize Mr. Lorry either and is irritated at being interrupted from his task. The shoe he is making is an odd size and shape. Dr. Manette tells Mr. Lorry it is a lady’s walking shoe, and it should have been finished long ago. Mr. Lorry tries to get him to remember his identity in vain. The Doctor continues to work furtively on the shoes.

Mr. Lorry decides to keep this a secret from Lucie and everyone else. He orders Miss Pross to tell everyone that he is ill. He orders her to tell Lucie that her father was called away on business. He forges a letter from Dr. Manette to be sent to her, confirming this story.

Mr. Lorry takes a leave of absence from Tellson’s Bank, which is the first time he has ever done so, so he can observe Dr. Manette. He finds it is useless to speak to Dr. Manette but remains in his company constantly. On the second evening, he asks the Doctor to walk with him, and Dr. Manette obediently follows.

Miss Pross and Mr. Lorry divide up the night watch between them. Dr. Manette works all day on his shoes until he can no longer see what he is doing in the fading light. Mr. Lorry and Miss Pross talk to him about recent events, particularly about his daughter. As the week passes, Mr. Lorry’s hopes that Dr. Manette will recover darken.

Charles Dickens