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Every day for a year and three months, Lucie fears that her husnband will be condemned. She sees other prisoners beheaded. She is attentive to her duties, though. She maintains her household. She gives her daughter lessons. She sets aside her husband’s things in hopes for his safe return and says a prayer for him every night.
Her dresses are drabber. Her expression is constantly purposeful, but she remains pretty. Sometimes she unburderns her grief to her father, who assures her that he is certain that he can save her husband.
Dr. Manette shows Lucie a street that Charles can see her when he has access to a certain window. She can’t see him, and the doctor warns her not to make a sign if she can. It would put her in danger. She waits there daily for two hours, sometimes bringing her child. She knows from her father that her husband sees her.
A woodsawyer notices her on the third day. Each day he greets her, points to the prison, and remarks it is not his business. One day he comments on how the saw is his guillotine. He pretends the wood pieces he saws off are the heads of men, women, and children. As it is impossible to avoid him, Lucie gives him drink money.
At Christmas, houses are decorated with little pikes that have red caps on the top of them. Lucie becomes alarmed when a crowd of several hundred people come dancing around her. The woodsawyer is dancing with The Vengeance. They pass by, and Dr. Manette joins her. He assures her they won’t harm her. Lucie is frightened for her husband, who is at the mercy of such people. Dr. Manette tells her that Darnay can see her now. She blows a kiss to the roof. Madame Defarge passes by and salutes them, but she doesn’t stay to talk.
Dr. Manette tells her that Charles will be summoned tomorrow, and that he has timely information that should help him. He assures her that Charles will be restored to her very soon. He goes to see Mr. Lorry.
Mr. Lorry has honored his clients’ trust. Though his books are often confiscated, he saves what he can for the owners. He is now talking with a recently arrived person about Charles Darnay’s summons.
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