Chapter 16: Still Knitting...3. What is the “structure yet unbuilt” mentioned in the following passage? Why do
you think Dickens makes reference to it at the end of this chapter?
“So much was closing in about the women who sat knitting, knitting, that they their very selves were closing in around a structure yet unbuilt, where
they were to sit knitting, knitting, counting dropping heads.”
The unbuilt structure is the guillotine. Dickens is trying to create interest by reminding the reader about the horrible deaths awaiting the aristocracy of France and perhaps Charles Darnay, too.