The First Monseigneur
Dickens makes several allusions to the Furies, the goddesses of vengeance and retribution you just discussed. As your teacher directs, read aloud the passages that refer to the Furies in these chapters, then independently answer the following questions.
- If the Furies seek retribution or potential justice, then what are the crimes and injustices that Dickens is suggesting here?
- What has Monseigneur the Marquis done wrong?
- What is your impression of the Marquis’s interactions with the peasants and the little boy? What textual evidence supports your thinking?
- What sort of character does the Marquis reveal when he meets the widow? What evidence supports your thinking?
Discuss your responses with the class.