Chapter 12: Plans for escape
Carton goes to the Defarge wine shop in order to make himself known to the
local citizens. Mme. Defarge notices the resemblance between Carton and Darnay, but Carton pretends that he knows very little French.
The Vengeance and the three Jacques discuss what they should do about Lucie,
her daughter and Dr. Manette.
Mme. Defarge of course wants them all to be exterminated, but Defarge believes the killings should be limited. Carton returns to Mr. Lorry to warn him of the danger and to have a carriage ready for everybody at 2.00 p.m. the following day.
It is clear that Mme. Defarge suffered a traumatic childhood at the hands of
the Evremonde family. She wants to wipe out the entire family including the innocent wife and daughter. Defarge himself thinks there should be a limit to the killing.
The Defarges have different uses for the Revolution.
The husband clearly sees it as an instrument of change to bring improvement to the masses, but the wife regards the Revolution as a tool to aid her in her retribution of the Evremonde line.