Book 2 : Chapter 12 : The Fellow of Delicacy - Swindells

By: Anna Gill
Significance of Title
 The chapter title Fellow of Delicacy is very ironic
because the main character in this chapter is Mr.
Stryver who is far from delicate. He's a big man who
throws himself around, is not concerned about anyone
else, and is not respectful. So, I think that the title is
just being ironic and stating how indelicate Mr.
Stryver really is.
Mr. Stryver makes up his mind that he wants to marry Lucie Manette.
On his way to Soho to declare his intentions, he passes Tellsons bank where Mr. Lorry works ,who is a
close friend of the Manettes.
Mr. Stryver tells Mr. Lorry that he plans on making an offer to marry Lucie.
Mr. Lorry expresses confusion about the matter.
Mr. Stryver wants to know what is wrong with him because he is eligible, prosperous, and advancing.
Mr. Lorry suggests that if he were Mr. Stryver ,he wouldn't go.
Mr. Stryver does not understand why he wouldn’t go and Mr. Lorry explains that he wouldn’t go unless
he was positive that he would succeed.
Now Mr. Stryver is angry and even calls Lucie a mincing fool, which makes Mr. Lorry angry enough to
not care about the fact that he is at Tellsons bank and must act properly.
Mr. Lorry suggests that he go ask the Manettes what they think about Mr. Stryvers offer and then get
back to him tonight on what they say.
That night, around 10 o'clock Mr. Lorry tells Mr. Stryver that he was correct in his thought and that
Lucie did not wish to marry him.
Mr. Stryver acts like he never wanted to marry her and that she isn't fit to marry anymore.
Mr. Lorry is confused and just simply leaves.
Literary Elements
 Irony – “The Fellow of Delicacy”
 This is ironic because the main character in this chapter, Mr. Stryver was in
no way delicate
 Personification -The House itself, magnificently reading the paper quite in
the far-off perspective, lowered displeased, as if the Stryver head had been
butted into its responsible waistcoat.
 Giving a human quality of reading a paper to a house.
 Parallelism - "When I speak of success, I speak of success with the young lady;
and when I speak of causes and reasons to make success probable, I speak of
causes and reasons that will tell as such with the young lady.”
 Repetition of the words I speak of
Essential Quote
"Well! I -- Were you going there now?" asked Mr. Lorry.
"Straight!" said Stryver, with a plump of his fist on the desk.
"Then I think I wouldn't, if I was you."
"Why?" said Stryver. "Now, I'll put you in a corner," forensically shaking
a forefinger at him. "You are a man of business and bound to have a
reason. State your reason. Why wouldn't you go?"
"Because," said Mr. Lorry, "I wouldn't go on such an object without
having some cause to believe that I should succeed."

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