By Charles Dickens
"It used to be the simplest of instances, it was once the worst of instances . . ."
With those recognized phrases, Charles Dickens plunges the reader into one in every of history’s such a lot explosive erasthe French Revolution. From the storming of the Bastille to the relentless drop of the guillotine, Dickens vividly captures the fear and upheaval of that tumultuous interval.
At the heart is the novel’s hero, Sydney Carton, a lazy, alcoholic lawyer who, encouraged via a lady, makes the splendid sacrifice at the bloodstained streets of Paris.
One of Dickens’s most fun novels, A story of 2 Cities is a stirring vintage of affection, revenge, and resurrection.
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Was surrounded . . by spies . . 舡 Historians舗 estimates for the numbers of government agents in Paris alone range up to three thousand. And as Barsad舗s unsuccessful infiltration of Saint-Antoine shows, Parisians were equally on their guard against foreign spies. The atmosphere in the Defarges舗 wine-shop when Barsad drops in reads like the script for a thousand twentieth-century films noir: 舠A figure entering at the door threw a shadow on Madame Defarge which she felt to be a new one. She laid down her knitting, and began to pin her rose in her head-dress, before she looked at the figure.
A band of cruel ruffians and assassins, reeking with blood, rushed into the chamber of the queen and pierced with a hundred strokes of bayonets and poniards the bed, from whence this persecuted woman had but just time to fly almost naked, and, through ways unknown to the murderers, had escaped to seek refuge at the feet of a king and husband not secure of his own life for a moment. This king, to say no more of him, and this queen, and their infant children (who once would have been the pride and hope of a great and generous people) were then forced to abandon the sanctuary of the most splendid palace in the world, which they left swimming in blood, polluted by massacre and strewed with scattered limbs and mutilated carcasses (Reflections on the Revolution in France, p.
He lapsed away, even for minutes, ringing those measured changes on his hands the whole time. His eyes came slowly back, at last, to the face from which they had wandered; when they rested on it, he started, and resumed, in the manner of a sleeper that moment awake, reverting to a subject of last night. 舠I asked leave to teach myself, and I got it with much difficulty after a long while, and I have made shoes ever since舡 (p. 45). The Doctor舗s making and mending of shoes (another detail borrowed from the Philadelphia prison) takes the place of rage and remembering.