History Literature / ATaleOfTwoCities

17th May '18 5:45:49 AM Shadowgazer
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* AristocratsAreEvil: Make no mistake, they definitely are. Indeed Darnay is so guilty that he decides to ShedTheFamilyName but his family is way more evil than even he suspected and it nearly gets him killed as well.

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* AristocratsAreEvil: Make no mistake, they definitely are. Indeed Darnay is feels so guilty that he decides to ShedTheFamilyName but his family is way more evil than even he suspected and it nearly gets him killed as well.
14th May '18 11:52:39 AM CaptEquinox
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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. 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 aquiline nose. Turns out that he's really Miss Pross' long lost brother Solomon, who is a scoundrel of the highest order.



* CompanionCube: A somber example PlayedForDrama: The shoemaker's bench and tools are this for Doctor Manette. Manette refers to him as ''a friend'' and deplores its destruction. When Lorry and Miss Prost destroy the shoemakers’s bench, they also treat him like something alive:

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* CompanionCube: A somber example PlayedForDrama: The shoemaker's bench and tools are this for Doctor Manette. Manette refers to him this equipment as ''a friend'' and deplores its destruction. When Lorry and Miss Prost destroy the shoemakers’s bench, they also treat him like something alive:



** Madame Defarge: It was her older sister who was raped and ultimately killed by Darnay's uncle. The sister's husband was worked to death by the evremonde brothers, their brother died defending her honor, and their father died of grief. Thus Defarge swore vengeance against all of the Evrémondes.

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** Madame Defarge: It was her older sister who was raped and ultimately killed by Darnay's uncle. The sister's husband was worked to death by the evremonde Evremonde brothers, their brother died defending her honor, and their father died of grief. Thus Defarge swore vengeance against all of the Evrémondes.



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



** Creator/RonaldColman's quiet delivery of this line is the one thing you know about him if you know nothing else.



* FamousLastWords: The narrator provides the FinalSpeech that Sydney would have given had he the opportunity.

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* FamousLastWords: The narrator in the book provides the FinalSpeech that Sydney would have given had he the opportunity.opportunity.



** Miss Pross is an ActualPacifist, who develops hysterical deafness after accidentally killing Madame Defarge.

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** Miss Pross is an ActualPacifist, who develops hysterical deafness after accidentally killing Madame Defarge. (Given that she just had a gun go off next to her ear, this may not have been so hysterical, but she's more likely to have tinnitus.)



* IHaveThisFriend: Played with when Mr. Lorry consults Dr. Manette about the case of a friend’s mental shock. The case is not about Mr. Lorry, is about Dr. Manette himself, who has experienced a HeroicBSOD and in the verge of a SanitySlippage that only has been avoided by the use of his CompanionCube.

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* IHaveThisFriend: Played with when Mr. Lorry consults Dr. Manette about the case of a friend’s mental shock. The case is not about Mr. Lorry, is about Dr. Manette himself, who has experienced a HeroicBSOD and in the verge of a SanitySlippage that only has been avoided by the use of his CompanionCube. Dr. Manette catches on quickly, but continues the conversation in this style.



* AndThatLittleGirlWasMe: The story of Dr. Manette's fatal manuscript is told in court by Madame Defarge herself. Shakespearean actress Blanche Yurka nails it with disheveled, half-crazed fury, styled rather for the stage than screen.



* 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.

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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. A CrowningMomentOfAwesome for Creator/RonaldColman.
30th Apr '18 12:53:50 AM Ciara25
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* SinsOfOurFathers: The Defarges want RevengeByProxy for the crimes of Darnay's father and uncle. [[spoiler:Madame Defarge wants not only Darnay's life -- even though he was a young child at the time the crimes were committed and obviously had nothing to do with them -- but also his young daughter.]]

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* SinsOfOurFathers: The Defarges want RevengeByProxy for the crimes of Darnay's father and uncle. [[spoiler:Madame Madame Defarge wants not only Darnay's life -- even though he was a young child at the time the crimes were committed and obviously had nothing to do with them -- but also his young daughter.]]daughter, who was born several decades after the fact.
30th Apr '18 12:49:38 AM Ciara25
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* SinsOfOurFathers: The Defarges want RevengeByProxy for the crimes of Darnay's father and uncle.

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* SinsOfOurFathers: The Defarges want RevengeByProxy for the crimes of Darnay's father and uncle. [[spoiler:Madame Defarge wants not only Darnay's life -- even though he was a young child at the time the crimes were committed and obviously had nothing to do with them -- but also his young daughter.]]
1st Apr '18 10:18:52 PM Mdumas43073
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->''It is a far, far better thing that I do, than I have ever done; it is a far, far better rest that I go to, than I have ever known.''

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->''It ->''"It is a far, far better thing that I do, than I have ever done; it is a far, far better rest that I go to, than I have ever known.''
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1st Apr '18 10:18:38 PM Mdumas43073
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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.''

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->''It ->''"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.''"''
9th Mar '18 11:59:58 AM wittylibrarian
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* DyingMomentOfAwesome: ''It is a far, far better thing that I do, than I have ever done...''
3rd Mar '18 11:45:38 AM nombretomado
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If you're looking for the story of Bob Trimbolie and Terry Clark, [[{{Underbelly}} it's right over here.]]

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If you're looking for the story of Bob Trimbolie and Terry Clark, [[{{Underbelly}} [[Series/{{Underbelly}} it's right over here.]]
22nd Jan '18 5:00:20 PM Eievie
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The novel has one of the most famous opening lines in literature:

''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.''

The final scene includes a line that is almost as famous, (although context would be a spoiler):

''It is a far, far better thing that I do, than I have ever done; it is a far, far better rest that I go to, than I have ever known.''

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The novel has one of the most famous opening lines in literature:

''It was
literature, and 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.''

The
final scene includes a line that is almost as famous, (although context would be a spoiler):

''It ->''It is a far, far better thing that I do, than I have ever done; it is a far, far better rest that I go to, than I have ever known.''


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22nd Jan '18 4:59:42 PM Eievie
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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.''
-->-- [[SignatureLine Opening line]]
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