A Tale of Two Cities

What is the meaning of Madame Defarge's parting words to the mender of roads when she uses the metaphor of the dolls and birds?

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Dolls and birds..... set upon and plucked..... this is a metaphor for the taking down of the aristocrats by the revolutionaries.

"were shown a flock of birds, unable to fly, and were set upon them to strip them of their feather for your own advantage, you would set upon the finest feathers; would you not?"


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