Drawn to the Loadstone Rock

The title of Book 2, Chapter 24 is a literary allusion. This means that it calls upon the reader's knowledge of other works of literature to understand the metaphor of the loadstone rock, and how it applies to Charles Darnay in this chapter.

The allusion to the "loadstone rock" may have been familiar in Dickens' day, just as an allusion to Harry Potter would be familiar today, but modern readers aren't likely to have read the original fable of the "loadstone rock."

To understand Dickens' allusion, read the explanation by clicking below. Scroll down to read the paragraph about the "loadstone rock":

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