In Chapter 4: Congratulatory
, Dr. Manette, Lucie Manette, Mr. Lorry, and Mr. Stryver all stay behind after everyone else has left the courthouse to congratulate Charles Darnay on not getting drawn-and-quartered. Hence the chapter title.
Darnay thanks Stryver for defending him in court, provoking this exchange.
pg. 87: "I have done my best for you, Mr. Darnay; and my best is as good as another man's, I believe."
It clearly being incumbent on someone to say, "Much better," Mr. Lorry said it; perhaps not quite disinterestedly, but with the interested object of squeezing himself back again.
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