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Summary Chapter 42

Carton goes to Saint Antone. After a refreshing nap, he goes to Defarge’s wine shop. The Vengeance, Jacques #3, and the Defarges are conversing. Madame Defarge recognizes that Carton is English. He pretends that he cannot speak French well. Thinking he can’t understand them, they continue their conversation.

Jacques, Madame Defarge, and The Vengeance want to exterminate Darnay’s entire family. Mr. Defarge says that Dr. Manette has suffered enough. His wife does not believe that Dr. Manette is a true friend of the Republic. Mr. Defarge brings up the anguish of Lucie, which must be hard for her father to bear. She accuses her husband of wanting to rescue Darnay. He denies this, but he believes it should stop with him.

Madame Defarge says that their oppressors were long doomed to extermination. When Defarge brought that letter Dr. Manette had written long ago to her, she had admitted to him that she was the younger sister of the woman who had died. Mr. Defarge tries to point out that the Marquis’ wife had been compassionate, but Madame Defarge is unmoved.

Carton leaves the shop. He goes to Mr. Lorry’s. Dr. Manette has not returned. Mr. Lorry escorts Lucie home, planning on returning to the bank at midnight. Dr. Manette returns later and has relapsed into his former state. He is looking for his shoe bench.

Carton hands Mr. Lorry his paper that allows him to leave Paris. He also hands him the papers that allow Dr. Manette and Lucie to leave. He tells Mr. Lorry that he fears that Lucie and her child are in danger from Madame Defarge. He knows that the woodsawyer is under Madame Defarge’s control. She is going to have him accuse Lucie of plotting against the Republic. Her anguish at Darnay’s execution will prove her guilt, for a person is not supposed to sympathize with prisoners.

Carton tells Lorry to leave with Lucie and her family tomorrow. He tells him to wait for him before they leave Paris.

Charles Dickens