Madame Defarge: Reading Question for A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
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3. Why does Dickens describe Madame Defarge in her early scenes as seeing nothing? "Madame Defarge was a stout woman of about his own age, with a watchful eye that seldom seemed to look at anything..." (page 33). "Only one soul was to be seen, and that was Madame Defarge—who leaned against the door-post, knitting, and saw nothing" (page 49). Why does this depiction of her change?