In the Bastille prison Dr Manette writes an account of his imprisonment. He hides the paper in a shoe he has been given to repair. Suddenly M. Defarge appears: he has bribed the Turnkey to allow Manette to escape.
Paris – Defafarge's Wine Shop
A barrel of wine breaks. The poor scurry to drink all they can. The carnival atmosphere is broken by the Marquis de St Evremonde. Mme Defarge and her two sidekicks, Les Vengeances, mock him as he passes: dissent is simmering amongst the poor of France.