The author, a major English novelist, writes a biography of Dickens that warrants the characterization of being Dickensian both in its length and in the quality of its portrayal of the nineteenth century writer and his times.
The year is lateand Jarvis Lorry travels from London to Paris on a secret mission for his employer, Tellson's Bank. Lorry and Lucie arrive in Paris, they find the Doctor's former servant, Ernest Defarge, caring for him. Defarge now runs a wine-shop with his wife in the poverty-stricken quarter of Saint Antoine.
Lorry and Lucie to the garret room where he is keeping Doctor Manette, warning them that the Doctor's years in prison have greatly changed him. Thin and pale, Doctor Manette sits at a shoemaker's bench intently making shoes.
He barely responds to questions from Defarge and Mr.
Lorry, but when Lucie approaches him, he remembers his wife and begins to weep. Lucie comforts him, and that night Mr. Lorry and Lucie take him to England. Lorry who is at a courthouse. Lorry has been called as a witness for the trial of Charles Darnaya Frenchman accused of being a spy for France and the United States.
Also at the trial are Doctor Manette and Lucie, who are witnesses for the prosecution. Doctor Manette has fully recovered and has formed a close bond with his daughter. If found guilty of treason, Darnay will suffer a gruesome death, and the testimony of an acquaintance, John Barsad, and a former servant, Roger Cly, seems sure to result in a guilty verdict.
Questions from Darnay's attorney, Mr. Stryver, indicate that Cly and Barsad are the real spies, but the turning point in the trial occurs when Sydney CartonStryver's assistant, points out that Carton and Darnay look alike enough to be doubles.
This revelation throws into doubt a positive identification of Darnay as the person seen passing secrets, and the court acquits Darnay. After the trial, Darnay, Carton, and Stryver begin spending time at the Manette home, obviously attracted to Lucie's beauty and kind nature.
Stryver decides to propose to her, but is dissuaded by Mr. Carton confesses his love to Lucie, but does not propose, knowing that his drunken and apathetic way of life is not worthy of her. However, he vows that he would gladly give his life to save a life she loved, and Lucie is moved by his sincerity and devotion.
Eventually, it is Darnay whose love Lucie returns, and the two marry with Doctor Manette's uneasy blessing. While the couple is on their honeymoon, the Doctor suffers a nine-day relapse of his mental incapacity and believes he is making shoes in prison again.
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Symbolism, Imagery, Allegory Well, A Tale of Two Cities is largely a tale of the French Revolution.
That’s about as historical as you can get. Described as "the greatest English novelist,"Charles Dickens is studied more than any other author writing in English, except for Shakespeare. While his popularity with critics has fluctuated over time, Dickens' works have never lost their appeal for general readers, thanks to the universality of his writing.
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Discusses Dickens’s major fiction in terms of moral and narrative issues. Smiley, Jane. Charles Dickens. New York: Viking, Charles Dickens. A Tale of Two. A Tale of Two Cities is a novel by Charles Dickens, set in London and Paris before and during the French Revolution.
With well over million copies sold, it ranks among the most famous works in the history of fictional literature.