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The Rich Mothers of the Insurrection

1 month ago   |   By The New Republic

One of the scariest female characters in
English literature is Madame DeFarge, the wine shop owner whose face is the blank, pitiless gaze of the French Revolution's Terror in Dickens's A Tale of Two
Cities. DeFarge sat beside other women, watching the guillotine's river of blood flow as they worked their knitting needles. In
French legend, these women are known as “les tricoteuses”-the knitters-women performing an ultrafeminine domestic chore as a terrifying symbol of implacable fury. I've found myself thinking of Madame
DeFarge and les tricoteuses as it's become clearer that women played...
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