Mood Establishment In Scenes

Mood Establishment In Scenes

The Wine Shop


The Wine Shop seems to have become a place for secrets: secret codes, secret meetings, secret plans for Revolution. In a Quick Write, respond to the following.

  • Imagine you are a Jacques. Write a short conversation you might have at the wine shop with another Jacques or Monsieur Defarge.
  • What would likely be your subject matter? How would you choose to express those thoughts?
  • Feel free to use techniques from the novel itself as models of the manner of speaking you see happening at the wine shop.

The Mood of the Wine Shop

Work Time

When you finish with your writing, join the whole class and address the following questions.

  • What is the mood of the wine shop?
  • What details in the chapter establish this mood?
  • How do the references to the register and Madame Defarge’s knitting  affect your sense of the mood?

Cruncher and Defarge

Work Time

In this story of two cities, these chapters begin to draw clear parallels between London and Paris, especially in the two men: Monsieur Defarge and Jerry Cruncher. These two men are workingmen, and looking at the ways that they are related can help you think about Dickens’s interest in writing about the history of France. Join a partner as directed and do the following.

  • With your partner, look at the chart for comparing these two men.
  • Gather at least one quote from each man in response to each of the following:
    • How do they make money?
    • What is their relationship to laws and the authorities?
    • What secrets do they have?
    • What are their marriages like?
    • How much power does each have?
    • How do the processions that they witness in these chapters compare?

Once you have completed your work together, your teacher will guide you through an analysis of the parallels between the characters.

The Eyes of a Child


Although the Mender of Roads is an adult, the Defarges (who don’t seem to have children of their own—a notable fact), refer to the Mender of Roads as a child. Young Jerry, of course, is a child. Consider those facts, and in a Quick Write, address the following question.

  • Along with adding another parallel between life in London and life in France, what does the presence and perspective of “children,” real and otherwise, contribute to the plot and to the meaning of the novel?

Open Notebook

As directed, submit your writing to your teacher.

Book II, Chapters 16 and 17