A Tale Of Two Cities Essay

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     “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.” This is the famous starting to the book “A Tale of Two Cities,” by Charels Dickens. Charels Dickens is one of the most famous writers of his century. This book tells about the main characters, Lucie and her father.

     The story starts out with Mr. Jarvis Lorry, a representative of Tellson's Bank in London, who is sent by his firm on a mission to Paris. The mission is to meet a newly released prisoner of the Bastille, Doctor Alexandre Manette, in Paris and to bring him back to London to be cared for by his daughter, Lucie Manette. Lucie has but a faint idea of her father's existence and Mr. Lorry is to meet her at Dover and
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Manette was brought to London.

     Things look dark for Darnay, but Mr. Stryver, Darnay's counsel, manages to blacken the characters of two of the witnesses and Stryver's assistant, Sydney Carton, upsets the testimony of a third by calling Stryver's attention to a striking resemblance between himself, Carton, and the prisoner Darnay. Darnay is acquitted. While Darnay is being congratulated after the trial, a look of fear and doubt crosses. Dr. Manette's face as if an old memory was awakened by Darnay.

     At this time in France, the clouds of the coming revolution continue to darken the skies as the downtrodden peasants work and starve to fatten the coffers of the nobility. One nobleman, a Marquis, on his way home from a lavish ball, crushes a child beneath the wheels of his coach and is quite unconcerned about it, tossing a gold coin to the stricken father. That evening, the Marquis receives a visitor at his chateau: his nephew, Charles Darnay, who has come once again to attempt to persuade his uncle to improve the lot of the peasantry, but with no success. Later in the evening, the Marquis is slain in his bed and the clouds of revolution grow blacker in the night sky.

     Both Charles Darnay and Sydney Carton have fallen in love with Lucie Manette on the occasion of her

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