How is power abused?

How is power abused?

Doctor Manette's Letter


Begin by considering the letter itself and discuss the following questions with the class.

  • What do you imagine the letter that was hidden in the Bastille to look like, especially after so much time?
  • How do you imagine Doctor Manette wrote the letter?
  • Do you think it is realistic that Doctor Manette could have written so long a letter in that fashion?
  • Does that matter?

Changes in Narrative Point of View

Work Time

Most of the novel is told by a Third Person Omniscient Narrator—a point of view that knows everything that happens in the story. Chapter 10 is told, almost entirely, from Doctor Manette’s point of view. This chapter, then, is mainly told from a First Person Narrator point of view.

In some ways, Manette’s point of view makes it difficult to understand what is going on in the story. Join a partner as directed and discuss the following.

  • What are some things that Doctor Manette does not know when he is brought to the home of the Marquis?
  • Find examples that show the ways his lack of information adds mystery and suspense.

Share your ideas with the class.

Your Narrative Writing

Work Time

Making reference to Chapter 10 if you need to review the plot, create a narrative from the point of view of one of the following as assigned by your teacher.

  • The older brother discussing the decision to call the doctor and to then put the doctor in prison.
  • The wife of the older brother explaining what she knows about the two peasant girls.
  • The sister of the dying peasant girl, explaining how and why she was taken away.

Open Notebook

You Have A Choice

First, determine how you will approach the work. You can choose to work independently; work with a partner; work with a group; or confer with the teacher.

Your Narrative Share


Join a new group as directed and do the following.

  • Share your narratives with your group.
  • Help each other, as necessary, to understand the events of the chapters.

Open Notebook

Book III, Chapters 11 and 12