| Quote #7
For, they are headlong, mad, and dangerous; and in the years so long after the breaking of the cask at Defarge's wine-shop door, they are not easily purified when once stained red. (2.21.79)
Dickens’s opinion of the French Revolution is a complicated one: while the sort of poverty which causes people to grovel for wine in the streets is pitiable, the mob mentality which thirsts for blood is a terrible force in this novel.
| Quote #8
For, the footsteps had become to their minds as the footsteps of a people, tumultuous under a red flag and with their country declared in danger, changed into wild beasts, by terrible enchantment long persisted in. (2.24.2)
The coming of war is signaled by the devolution of a nation into a pack of wild animals.
| Quote #9
"Well, well," reasoned Defarge, "but one must stop somewhere. After all, the question is still where?"
If Madame Defarge had her way, there would be no real end to the violence of the revolution. As we see, "extermination" becomes an all-consuming and vastly unjust undertaking.