What is loyalty?

What is loyalty?

The Remaining Questions


Dickens has kept his readers on edge. First Darnay is saved, then not. Dickens has us guessing, still, at much of what will happen.

  • Think about what you know and what you don’t know about characters and events at this point.
  • List the questions that you and other readers will now want answered.

Open Notebook

Miss Pross's Loyalty

Work Time

Back in Book I, when the reader first meets Miss Pross, her brother Solomon comes up in conversation with Mr. Lorry. Listen as your teacher recalls the passage.

Miss Pross has remained loyal to this brother who has taken advantage of her, and, as you have read in these chapters, she remains fond of him. With that in mind, join a partner and do the following.

  • With your partner, review the ways in which Miss Pross is loyal in Book III, Chapters 7 and 8.
  • Find and highlight a quote to support each example.

Miss Pross's Loyalty Share

Work Time

When you and your partner have completed your investigation, rejoin the rest of the class and do the following.

  • Share with the whole class the quotations you think are important, and decide whether or not the class admires Miss Pross.
  • Is she admirable? Foolish?

Character Loyalty Rankings

Work Time

Join a small group as directed, and decide on roles that each of you will play in the work: Leader, Timekeeper, Note Taker and Reporter. Then do the following.

  • Consider as many individuals as you can from two main groups: Lucie and Darnay and their extended family, and Madame and Monsieur Defarge and the Revolutionaries, and examine ways these characters have been loyal or disloyal.
  • Determine to whom or what each has exhibited loyalty or disloyalty. Record your ideas for each character on the Loyalty chart.
  • Then rank each character on a “Loyalty Scale” from 1 to 10 depending on their behavior.

When prompted, return to the whole class and share your evaluations and your rankings.

Book III, Chapter 9 Summary


So that you can more quickly find out what has happened to Darnay, you will skip the first half of Chapter 9.

  • Listen as your teacher summarizes those events for you. Take any notes that seem important to you.
  • Then, begin reading and annotating, starting from the paragraph in the middle of the chapter that begins, “The court was all astir . . .”

Darnay's Fate


  • Continue to read and annotate the second section of Chapter 9, then read and annotate all of Chapter 10.
  • Annotate for key ideas, personal reactions, questions, and vocabulary.