Monseigneur In A Tale Of Two Cities

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In A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens, Gaspard, a representative of the peasant class, signifies the mistreatment by the wealthy and is used as one of the reasons for the burning of the Monseigneur’s château, as his hanging is alluded to by Dickens during the burning. Monseigneur runs over Gaspard’s son and kills him. In addition, Monseigneur “threw out a gold coin for the valet to pick up” in a show of disrespect (Dickens 135), which shows how little the rich care about those who are below them. As a result, Gaspard kills Monseigneur and is “hanged there forty feet high--and is left hanging poisoning the water” (Dickens 210). The gallows being forty feet tall, while excessive, make a statement to the lower class that the royals of France
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