Chapter 7: New Trial
Lucie is still fearful regarding her husband’s safety and it is not long
before Darnay is seized again with accusations from three people, the Defarges and one other anonymous person. The trial will take place next day.
Dickens reveals that it is Mme. Defarge that has the true power of life and
death in Paris despite what the courts decree.
You will recall that she released Foulon and then snatched him back again, behaving like a cat with a mouse. She has done this again with Darnay. He has been released to rejoin his family so that he can truly appreciate what he will lose when he faces certain death.
Mme. Defarge reveals the true depths of the ruthlessness and cruelty.