History Literature / ATaleOfTwoCities

4th Mar '17 5:14:35 AM TheAmazingBlachman
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->''It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going direct to Heaven, we were all going direct the other way -- in short, the period was so far like the present period, that some of its noisiest authorities insisted on its being received, for good or for evil, in the superlative degree of comparison only.''
4th Mar '17 5:13:10 AM TheAmazingBlachman
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->''It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going direct to Heaven, we were all going direct the other way - in short, the period was so far like the present period, that some of its noisiest authorities insisted on its being received, for good or for evil, in the superlative degree of comparison only.''

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->''It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going direct to Heaven, we were all going direct the other way - -- in short, the period was so far like the present period, that some of its noisiest authorities insisted on its being received, for good or for evil, in the superlative degree of comparison only.''
4th Mar '17 5:12:55 AM TheAmazingBlachman
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->''It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going direct to Heaven, we were all going direct the other way in short, the period was so far like the present period, that some of its noisiest authorities insisted on its being received, for good or for evil, in the superlative degree of comparison only.''

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->''It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going direct to Heaven, we were all going direct the other way - in short, the period was so far like the present period, that some of its noisiest authorities insisted on its being received, for good or for evil, in the superlative degree of comparison only.''
4th Mar '17 5:12:42 AM TheAmazingBlachman
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->''It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going direct to Heaven, we were all going direct the other way in short, the period was so far like the present period, that some of its noisiest authorities insisted on its being received, for good or for evil, in the superlative degree of comparison only.''
30th Jan '17 8:20:37 PM jamespolk
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* PanUpToTheSkyEnding: The camera pans up to the clouds over Paris as Carton's voiceover delivers the "It is a far, far better thing I do" ending.
29th Jan '17 8:56:42 PM jamespolk
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* EverythingsBetterWithMonkeys: How do you show that you are a really really decadent French aristocrat? Get a pet monkey and feed him grapes.
29th Jan '17 10:17:39 AM jamespolk
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** The Revolution quickly gives way to the Reign of Terror, where the most tenuous links to the aristocracy, the most minor of infractions or the slightest hint of disloyalty will earn you an appointment with the National Razor. Madame Defarge is the living embodiment of this trope and would gladly murder the entire family of Charles Darnay for what his uncle did to her family. Even the child. The innocent seamstress girl [[spoiler:who dies just before Sydney Carton on the Guillotine]] is the living embodiment of the victims of such rage and hatred.
* DroitDuSeigneur: [[spoiler:Cited by Dr. Manette in his Letter as to the crimes of the Evremondes towards Defarge's sister]].

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** The Revolution quickly gives way to the Reign of Terror, where the most tenuous links to the aristocracy, the most minor of infractions or the slightest hint of disloyalty will earn you an appointment with the National Razor. Madame Defarge is the living embodiment of this trope and would gladly murder the entire family of Charles Darnay for what his uncle did to her family. Even the child. The innocent seamstress girl [[spoiler:who who dies just before Sydney Carton on the Guillotine]] Guillotine is the living embodiment of the victims of such rage and hatred.
* DroitDuSeigneur: [[spoiler:Cited Cited by Dr. Manette in his Letter as to the crimes of the Evremondes towards Defarge's sister]].sister.



* DyingAlone: Averted when [[spoiler: Sydney Carton talks with a seamstress on the tumbrel, confides the truth, and encourages her in facing death. He succeeds.]] Similarly, see StayWithMeUntilIDie.

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* DyingAlone: Averted when [[spoiler: Sydney Carton talks with a seamstress on the tumbrel, confides the truth, and encourages her in facing death. He succeeds.]] Similarly, see StayWithMeUntilIDie.



* FakingTheDead: [[spoiler: Cly faked his own death. Cruncher, graverobber that he is, is able to use this as blackmail against his partner.]]
* FamousLastWords: The narrator provides the FinalSpeech that [[spoiler: Sydney]] would have given had he the opportunity.
* FinalSpeech: A hypothetical one is given for [[spoiler: Sydney.]]
* GraveRobbing: [[spoiler: Jerry Cruncher's side job.]]
* GunStruggle: [[spoiler:Miss Pross vs. Madame Defarge.]]

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* FakingTheDead: [[spoiler: Cly faked his own death. Cruncher, graverobber that he is, is able to use this as blackmail against his partner.]]
partner.
* FamousLastWords: The narrator provides the FinalSpeech that [[spoiler: Sydney]] Sydney would have given had he the opportunity.
* FinalSpeech: A hypothetical one is given for [[spoiler: Sydney.]]
Sydney.
* GraveRobbing: [[spoiler: Jerry Cruncher's side job.]]
job.
* GunStruggle: [[spoiler:Miss Miss Pross vs. Madame Defarge.]]



** [[spoiler:Miss Pross is an ActualPacifist, who develops hysterical deafness after accidentally killing Madame Defarge.]]
** In addition, Dr. Manette's mind collapses after [[spoiler: his "lost" narrative from his imprisonment, in which he denounces the Evrémondes, resurfaces as the clinching testimony against his son-in-law, Darnay.]]
* HeroicSacrifice: [[spoiler: Sydney Carton takes Darnay's place in prison and is executed in his stead.]]
* HeWhoFightsMonsters: Madame Defarge. [[spoiler: After her death, Vengeance wonders where she is, and Dickens mockingly suggests sending messengers after her. "It is questionable whether of their own will [[{{Hell}} they will go far enough to find her]]!"]]
* HoistByHisOwnPetard: [[spoiler: Madame Defarge is shot by her own pistol.]] Many of the revolutionaries were eventually killed by their own guillotine, which is TruthInTelevision.

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** [[spoiler:Miss Miss Pross is an ActualPacifist, who develops hysterical deafness after accidentally killing Madame Defarge.]]
Defarge.
** In addition, Dr. Manette's mind collapses after [[spoiler: his "lost" narrative from his imprisonment, in which he denounces the Evrémondes, resurfaces as the clinching testimony against his son-in-law, Darnay.]]
Darnay.
* HeroicSacrifice: [[spoiler: Sydney Carton takes Darnay's place in prison and is executed in his stead.]]
stead.
* HeWhoFightsMonsters: Madame Defarge. [[spoiler: After her death, Vengeance wonders where she is, and Dickens mockingly suggests sending messengers after her. "It is questionable whether of their own will [[{{Hell}} they will go far enough to find her]]!"]]
her]]!"
* HoistByHisOwnPetard: [[spoiler: Madame Defarge is shot by her own pistol.]] pistol. Many of the revolutionaries were eventually killed by their own guillotine, which is TruthInTelevision.



** Both [[spoiler: Madame Defarge]]'s older brother and sister refuse to reveal their family name to [[spoiler: Dr. Manette]] so that they can retain some honor, despite the possibility that he could have alerted authorities about the crimes committed against them.

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** Both [[spoiler: Madame Defarge]]'s Defarge's older brother and sister refuse to reveal their family name to [[spoiler: Dr. Manette]] Manette so that they can retain some honor, despite the possibility that he could have alerted authorities about the crimes committed against them.



* IdenticalGrandson: Darnay looks a whole lot like his [[spoiler: uncle the Marquis]]. We find out much later that Darnay's father and uncle were identical twins.

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* IdenticalGrandson: Darnay looks a whole lot like his [[spoiler: uncle the Marquis]].Marquis. We find out much later that Darnay's father and uncle were identical twins.



* SurvivorsGuilt: The brief moment when [[spoiler:Darnay is initially freed from the Revolutionary Tribunal has Darnay reflect that he might have gotten off, but some of his fellow inmates, some of whom are innocent, would not get justice]].

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* SurvivorsGuilt: The brief moment when [[spoiler:Darnay Darnay is initially freed from the Revolutionary Tribunal has Darnay reflect that he might have gotten off, but some of his fellow inmates, some of whom are innocent, would not get justice]].justice.



* TextileWorkIsFeminine: Madame Defarge knits [[spoiler: revolutionary code into her work]]. She and her fellow female revolutionaries knit at the base of the guillotine and count the heads. They are based on the famous [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tricoteuse Tricoteuses]].

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* TextileWorkIsFeminine: Madame Defarge knits [[spoiler: revolutionary code into her work]].work. She and her fellow female revolutionaries knit at the base of the guillotine and count the heads. They are based on the famous [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tricoteuse Tricoteuses]].



* RepeatAfterMe: Carton's considerably less competent boss Stryker rises to question Barsad in court. Carton scribbles a note saying "No questions now. Later on if you're not too silly we'll land him. Stryver then blurts out "No questions now, later on if you're not too silly--" before catching himself.

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* RepeatAfterMe: Carton's considerably less competent boss Stryker rises to question Barsad in court. Carton scribbles a note saying "No questions now. Later on if you're not too silly we'll land him. " Stryver then blurts out "No questions now, later on if you're not too silly--" before catching himself.
29th Jan '17 9:53:04 AM jamespolk
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* RepeatAfterMe: Carton's considerably less competent boss rises to question Barsad in court. Carton scribbles a note saying "No questions now. Later on if you're not too silly we'll land him. His boss then blurts out "No questions now, later on if you're not too silly--" before catching himself.

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* RepeatAfterMe: Carton's considerably less competent boss Stryker rises to question Barsad in court. Carton scribbles a note saying "No questions now. Later on if you're not too silly we'll land him. His boss Stryver then blurts out "No questions now, later on if you're not too silly--" before catching himself.
29th Jan '17 9:50:39 AM jamespolk
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* IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy: [[spoiler: Carton's obsession with Lucie motivates him to take her husband's place at the guillotine.]]

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* IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy: [[spoiler: Carton's obsession with Lucie motivates him to take her husband's place at the guillotine.]]



* KnightInShiningArmor: Charles Darnay. [[spoiler: He leaves the life of luxury for moral reasons, returns to an unstable country to save a former servant, ''and'' gets the girl.]] What a [[TheHero swell guy.]]

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* KnightInShiningArmor: Charles Darnay. [[spoiler: He leaves the life of luxury for moral reasons, returns to an unstable country to save a former servant, ''and'' gets the girl.]] girl. What a [[TheHero swell guy.]]



* MoreExpendableThanYou: [[spoiler: Carton's self-sacrifice at the end is probably the most famous example of this trope.]]

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* MoreExpendableThanYou: [[spoiler: Carton's self-sacrifice at the end is probably the most famous example of this trope.]]



* NobleFugitive: [[spoiler:Though his exile is self-inflicted, Charles Darnay is, in fact, an aristocrat of a different name.]]

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* NobleFugitive: [[spoiler:Though Though his exile is self-inflicted, Charles Darnay is, in fact, an aristocrat of a different name.]]



* OrphansOrdeal: This is largely the plot of Book I: Recalled to Life, in which Lucie is reunited with her thought-to-be-dead father. Other orphans include [[spoiler: Madame Defarge and Sydney Carton]], to name just a few.

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* OrphansOrdeal: This is largely the plot of Book I: Recalled to Life, in which Lucie is reunited with her thought-to-be-dead father. Other orphans include [[spoiler: Madame Defarge and Sydney Carton]], Carton, to name just a few.



* ThePowerOfLove: Not ''literally'' power, but [[spoiler: the book outright states that Miss Pross is able to overcome Defarge through the power of love.]]

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* ThePowerOfLove: Not ''literally'' power, but [[spoiler: the book outright states that Miss Pross is able to overcome Defarge through the power of love.]]



* RevengeByProxy: Madame Defarge towards [[spoiler:Darnay's ''entire'' family.]]

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* RevengeByProxy: Madame Defarge towards [[spoiler:Darnay's Darnay's ''entire'' family.]]



* SinsOfOurFathers: The Defarges want RevengeByProxy for the crimes of [[spoiler: Darnay's father and uncle]].
* StayWithMeUntilIDie: [[spoiler: Sydney Carton promises to hold the hand of the innocent Seamstress until the end. He even talks with her during the entire ride to the guillotine, taking special care to distract her from it.]]

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* SinsOfOurFathers: The Defarges want RevengeByProxy for the crimes of [[spoiler: Darnay's father and uncle]].
uncle.
* StayWithMeUntilIDie: [[spoiler: Sydney Carton promises to hold the hand of the innocent Seamstress until the end. He even talks with her during the entire ride to the guillotine, taking special care to distract her from it.]]



* SuspiciouslySpecificDenial: Lorry remarks that a thunderstorm is one to raise the dead. [[spoiler: Graverobber Cruncher]] hastily says that he's never seen such a thing.

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* SuspiciouslySpecificDenial: Lorry remarks that a thunderstorm is one to raise the dead. [[spoiler: Graverobber Cruncher]] Cruncher hastily says that he's never seen such a thing.




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* RepeatAfterMe: Carton's considerably less competent boss rises to question Barsad in court. Carton scribbles a note saying "No questions now. Later on if you're not too silly we'll land him. His boss then blurts out "No questions now, later on if you're not too silly--" before catching himself.
29th Jan '17 9:42:44 AM jamespolk
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** [[spoiler: Madame Defarge who is utterly without pity and mercy and would gladly send a child to the Guillotine simply for being the granddaughter of her sister's rapist, and would send an elderly doctor there too simply to round out the numbers, is shot dead by Miss Pross when she threatens the Manettes.]]

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** [[spoiler: Madame Defarge who is utterly without pity and mercy and would gladly send a child to the Guillotine simply for being the granddaughter of her sister's rapist, and would send an elderly doctor there too simply to round out the numbers, is shot dead by Miss Pross when she threatens the Manettes.]]



* BangBangBANG: [[spoiler: Miss Pross gets permanently deafened when Madame Defarge's gun goes off during the struggle with her]].

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* BangBangBANG: [[spoiler: Miss Pross gets permanently deafened when Madame Defarge's gun goes off during the struggle with her]].her.



** Played with in the case of John Barsad, who is described as looking quite handsome but a bit shifty due to an aqualine nose. [[spoiler: Turns out that he's really Miss Pross' long lost brother Solomon, who is a scoundrel of the highest order.]]

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** Played with in the case of John Barsad, who is described as looking quite handsome but a bit shifty due to an aqualine nose. [[spoiler: Turns out that he's really Miss Pross' long lost brother Solomon, who is a scoundrel of the highest order.]]



* BigFancyHouse: The Marquis owns a dazzling chateau, which [[spoiler: turns out to make great firewood...]]

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* BigFancyHouse: The Marquis owns a dazzling chateau, which [[spoiler: turns out to make great firewood...]]



* BulletHolesAndRevelations: During the struggle between [[spoiler: Miss Pross and Madame Defarge]] over a gun, it goes off. It takes a few lines to find out where the shot went.

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* BulletHolesAndRevelations: During the struggle between [[spoiler: Miss Pross and Madame Defarge]] Defarge over a gun, it goes off. It takes a few lines to find out where the shot went.



** [[spoiler: The Carton/Darnay resemblance, which Sydney uses to take the latter's place on the Guillotine.]]
** Also, [[spoiler: Cruncher's graverobbing. It gets mentioned in one chapter, but doesn't become relevant until it turns out that Cruncher had tried to rob Cly's grave and found no corpse.]]

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** [[spoiler: The Carton/Darnay resemblance, which Sydney uses to take the latter's place on the Guillotine.]]
Guillotine.
** Also, [[spoiler: Cruncher's graverobbing. It gets mentioned in one chapter, but doesn't become relevant until it turns out that Cruncher had tried to rob Cly's grave and found no corpse.]]



* ContrivedCoincidence: Dickensian destiny at work: [[spoiler:Dr. Manette's daughter marries the last heir of the Evremondes, who imprisoned him. His former serving boy Defarge marries the sister of the woman that the Evremondes raped and Manette treated]].

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* ContrivedCoincidence: Dickensian destiny at work: [[spoiler:Dr.Dr. Manette's daughter marries the last heir of the Evremondes, who imprisoned him. His former serving boy Defarge marries the sister of the woman that the Evremondes raped and Manette treated]].treated.



** Charles Darnay: [[spoiler:Is actually a French aristocrat, Charles St. Evrémonde, whose family is infamous for its mistreatment of the poor. He renounces his title and wealth, moves to England and attempts to live a new life.]]
** Sydney Carton: [[spoiler:His mother died when he was young. He "followed his father to the grave," and otherwise never felt at home anywhere. He always did other people's work at university, and never took credit when it was due to him. The result is his alcoholism and self-deprecatory attitude.]]
** Dr. Manette: [[spoiler:Is wrongly imprisoned in the Bastille for 18 years by Darnay's father and uncle, causing him to write a manifesto that would later sentence his son-in-law to the Guillotine.]]
** Madame Defarge: [[spoiler:It was her older sister who was raped and ultimately killed by Darnay's uncle. Her brother died defending her honor, and her father died of grief. Thus Defarge swore vengeance against all of the Evrémondes.]]

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** Charles Darnay: [[spoiler:Is Is actually a French aristocrat, Charles St. Evrémonde, whose family is infamous for its mistreatment of the poor. He renounces his title and wealth, moves to England and attempts to live a new life.]]
life.
** Sydney Carton: [[spoiler:His His mother died when he was young. He "followed his father to the grave," and otherwise never felt at home anywhere. He always did other people's work at university, and never took credit when it was due to him. The result is his alcoholism and self-deprecatory attitude.]]
attitude.
** Dr. Manette: [[spoiler:Is Is wrongly imprisoned in the Bastille for 18 years by Darnay's father and uncle, causing him to write a manifesto that would later sentence his son-in-law to the Guillotine.]]
Guillotine.
** Madame Defarge: [[spoiler:It It was her older sister who was raped and ultimately killed by Darnay's uncle. Her brother died defending her honor, and her father died of grief. Thus Defarge swore vengeance against all of the Evrémondes.]]
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