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DescriptionTale of two cities
Tale of Two Cities
Tale of Two Cities takes place in France and England during the French Revolution. The story takes place in both countries, but most of the action takes place in Paris, France. The wine-shop in Paris is the hot spot for the French revolutionists, mostly because the wine-shop owner, Ernest Defarge, and his wife, Madame Defarge, are key leaders and officials of the revolution. The story line in the book is scattered out in many places; such as the Bastille, Tellson's Bank, the home of the Manettes, and the streets of Paris. These places help to introduce many characters into the plot. One of the main characters is Madame Therese Defarge. She is very stubborn and unforgiving in her plot of revenge on the Evermonde family. Throughout the story, she knits shrouds for the intended victims of the revolution. Charles Darnay, one of whom Mrs. Defarge is seeking revenge, is constantly being arrested and must be bailed out several times during the story. Dr. Alexander Manette, a veteran prisoner of the Bastille, cannot escape the memory of being held and sometimes relapses to cobbling shoes. Dr. Manette plays a very significant part in the plot. Dr. Manette's daughter, Lucie Manette, is loved by many and marries Charles Darnay. She is a quiet and emotional person. One who loved and still loves Lucie, Sydney Carton, is a look-alike of Charles Darnay. He was introduced as a frustrated, immature alcoholic, but in the end of the story, made the ultimate sacrifice for a good friend. These and other characters help to make an interesting and dramatic plot. Dr. Manette has just been released from the Bastille, and Lucie, eager to meet her father whom she thought was dead, goes with Mr. Jarvis Lorry to bring him back to England. Dr. Manette is in an insane state from his long prison stay and does nothing but cobble shoes, although he is finally persuaded to go to England. Several years later, Lucie, Dr. Manette, and Mr. Lorry are witnesses at the trial of Charles Darnay. Darnay, earning his living as a tutor, frequently travels between England and France and is accused of reason in his home country of France. He is saved from being prosecuted by Sydney Carton, who a witness confuses for Darnay, thus not making the case positive. Darnay ended up being acquitted for his presumed crime. Darnay and Carton both fall in love with Lucie and want to marry her. Carton, an alcoholic at the time, realizes that a relationship with Lucie is impossible, but he still tells her that he loves her and would do anything for her. Darnay and Lucie marry each other on the premises of ...
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