Jan. 7th, 2012

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Chapter 5: The Wine Shop brings us to France, and predictably, a wine shop.

A barrel of wine is dropped in the street and smashes open on the pavement, spilling all the wine. All the passersby pounce on it, drinking it with their hands and soaking it up with rags. It is, of course, red wine, which makes for a lovely visual metaphor.

pg. 37-38: Those who had been greedy with the staves of the cask had acquired a tigerish smear about the mouth; and one tall joker so besmirched, his head more out of a long squalid bag of a nightcap than in it, scrawled upon a wall with his finger dipped in muddy wine-lees – BLOOD.

The time was to come, when that wine too would be spilled on the street-stones, and when the stain of it would be red upon many there.


Subtle.

Wherein a doctor breaks my heart and the best character is introduced. )

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For more Dickens, check out the Rant of Two Cities tag. Alternatively, you can start from the beginning.

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