Critical Essay On A Tale Of Two Cities
Lorry sends Jerry back to deliver a cryptic response to the bank: "Recalled to Life." The message refers to Alexandre Manette, a French physician who has been released from the Bastille after an 18-year imprisonment. Manette's daughter Lucie and her governess, Miss Pross.Lucie has believed her father to be dead, and faints at the news that he is alive; Lorry takes her to France to reunite with her father. Manette has been given lodgings by his former servant Ernest Defarge and his wife Therese, owners of a wine shop.Out of disgust with his aristocratic family, the nephew has shed his real surname (St.Evrémonde) and anglicised his mother's maiden name, D'Aulnais, to Darnay."Repression is the only lasting philosophy.The dark deference of fear and slavery, my friend," observed the Marquis, "will keep the dogs obedient to the whip, as long as this roof," looking up to it, "shuts out the sky." That night, Gaspard, who followed the Marquis to his château by riding on the underside of the carriage, stabs and kills him in his sleep.Gaspard leaves a note on the knife saying, "Drive him fast to his tomb.Lorry and Miss Pross destroy the shoemaking bench and tools, which Dr. As time passes in England, Lucie and Charles begin to raise a family, a son (who dies in childhood) and a daughter, little Lucie.Lorry finds a second home and a sort of family with the Darnays.
The novel tells the story of the French Doctor Manette, his 18-year-long imprisonment in the Bastille in Paris and his release to live in London with his daughter Lucie, whom he had never met.
As the Marquis departs, a coin is flung back into his carriage.
Arriving at his country château, the Marquis meets his nephew and heir, Darnay.
A year and three months pass, and Darnay is finally tried.
Dr Manette, viewed as a hero for his imprisonment in the Bastille, testifies on Darnay's behalf at his trial.