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A Tale of Two Cities Jerry Cruncher

A Tale of Two Cities Jerry Cruncher

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Published by: Jeremy Keeshin on Jun 09, 2007
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Jeremy Keeshin
 A Tale of Two Cities
– Character Examination: Jerry Cruncher
In
 A Tale of Two Cities
the character Jerry (fully Jeremiah) Cruncher is amultidimensional tradesman, honest to some, but truly not, as well as a conscientiousfather and self-conscious individual. He is first introduced to the reader in the secondchapter entitled The Mail. He is a messenger who is delivering a note to the banker fromTellson’s named Jarvis Lorry. The first line we hear uttered by Jerry is, “Is that the Dover mail?” (Dickens 6). This doesn’t really give us insight into Jerry’s character, but the nextchapter does. In chapter 3 called The Night Shadows we learn of Jerrys physicalappearance, described as “raggedly bald, he had stiff, black hair, standing jaggedly allover it, and growing downhill almost to his broad, blunt nose” (Dickens 10). Later hisspiky hair is emphasized by the next passage saying “that the best players at leap-frogmight have declined him, as the most dangerous man in the world to go over” (Dickens10). He appears to have a striking character, or at least in his hair.An interesting attribute of the specimen Jerry Cruncher is that he talks to himself.He condemns himself for attempting to drink in chapter 3. As he says, “No Jerry, no!”(Dickens 10). He seems, at this juncture, not the smartest person ever; in the way he is so bewildered by this message that he delivered. He has an interesting way of thinking outloud to himself. We learn much more about his character later in chapter 14 called TheHonest Tradesman. In a chapter dedicated solely to him, we learn into his otheoccupation and his family life. In his further dialogue with his son we see that he hassome speech impediment or something of the sort because he talks with a differentmanner. As he says, “What d’ye mean? What are you hooroaring at? What do you want to

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