In the fictitious novel Tale of Two Cities, the author, Charles
Dickens, lays out a brilliant plot. Charles Dickens was born in
England on February 7, 1812 near the south coast. His family moved to
London when he was ten years old and quickly went into debt. To help
support himself, Charles went to work at a blacking warehouse when he
was twelve. His father was soon imprisoned for debt and shortly
thereafter the rest of the family split apart. Charles continued to
work at the blacking warehouse even after his father inherited some
money and got out of prison. When he was thirteen, Dickens went back
to school for two years. He later learned shorthand and became a
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Defarge is seeking revenge, is constantly being put on the stand and
wants no part of his own lineage. He is a languid protagonist and has
a tendency to get arrested and must be bailed out several times during
the story. Dr. Alexander Manette, a veteran prisoner of the Bastille
and moderate protagonist, cannot escape the memory of being held and
sometimes relapses to cobbling shoes. Dr. Manette is somewhat
redundant as a character in the novel, but plays a very significant
part in the plot. Dr. Manette's daughter, Lucie Manette, a positive
protagonist, is loved by many and marries Charles Darnay . She is a
quiet, emotional person and a subtle protagonist in the novel. One who
never forgot his love for Lucie, the protagonist Sydney Carton changed
predominately during the course of the novel. Sydney , a look-alike of
Charles Darnay, was introduced as a frustrated, immature alcoholic,
but in the end, made the ultimate sacrifice for a good friend. These
and other characters help to weave 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 treason 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 the two promises between Dr. Manette and Darnay. Right
after the marriage, while the newlyweds are on their honeymoon, Dr.
Manette has a relapse and cobbles shoes for nine days straight.
France's citizens arm themselves for a revolution and, led by the
Defarges, start the revolution by raiding the Bastille. Shortly
before the start of the revolution, the Marquis runs over a...