History Literature / ATaleOfTwoCities

22nd Aug '16 2:12:38 PM FordPrefect
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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 numbers, is shot dead by Miss Pross when she threatens the Manettes]]Manettes.]]



** 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]]
* BestServedCold: Madame Defarge will silently knit and continue knitting as she watches the aristocrats run roughshod over the people, fully waiting for the day of reckoning when she will, remorselessly and pitilessly, unlesh her vengeance upon them.

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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]]
order.]]
* BestServedCold: Madame Defarge will silently knit and continue knitting as she watches the aristocrats run roughshod over the people, fully waiting for the day of reckoning when she will, will remorselessly and pitilessly, unlesh pitilessly unleash her vengeance upon them.



* CasanovaWannabe: Stryver

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* CasanovaWannabe: StryverStryver.



* CoolOldGuy: Mr. Lorry

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* CoolOldGuy: Mr. LorryLorry.



** 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 alert authorities about the crimes committed against them.

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** 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 alert alerted authorities about the crimes committed against them.



* LaserGuidedKarma: As critical as Dickens is of the excessive violence of the Revolution he argues that the French nobility fully brought this on themselves and that any society built on this injustice will eventually face drastic consequences such as the events of the book.

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* LaserGuidedKarma: As critical as Dickens is of the excessive violence of the Revolution Revolution, he argues that the French nobility fully brought this on themselves themselves, and that any society built on this injustice will eventually face drastic consequences such as the events of the book.



* NinjaMaid: Miss Pross is a pacifist, but she's large, strong and headstrong enough to come to her employer's aid.

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* NinjaMaid: Miss Pross is a pacifist, but she's large, strong strong, and headstrong enough to come to her employer's aid.



* AStormIsComing: Madame Defarge one point tells her husband that a great earthquake is coming to France ready to open the ground and swallow everything into it. [[TheExtremistWasRight She leads a woman batallion during the Storming of the Bastille]].
* 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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* AStormIsComing: Madame Defarge at one point tells her husband that a great earthquake is coming to France France, ready to open the ground and swallow everything into it. [[TheExtremistWasRight She leads a woman batallion battalion during the Storming of the Bastille]].
* SurvivorsGuilt: The brief moment when [[spoiler:Darnay is initially freed from the Revolutionary Tribunal has Darnay reflect that he might have gotten off off, but some of his fellow inmates, some of whom are innocent innocent, would not get justice]].



* WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds:[[spoiler: Madame Defarge]] which seems very believable considering all the justifiable hatred that stewed in [[spoiler:her]] for all those years.

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* WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds:[[spoiler: Madame Defarge]] Defarge]], which seems very believable considering all the justifiable hatred that stewed in [[spoiler:her]] for all those years.
22nd Aug '16 2:03:00 PM FordPrefect
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** Darnay's uncle. Unsurprisingly, no one's upset when the pissed off when Gaspard murders him.

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** Darnay's uncle. Unsurprisingly, no one's upset when the pissed off when Gaspard murders him.
8th Mar '16 12:46:20 PM Josef5678
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* DomesticAbuser: Cruncher's introduction reveals that he gets into violent rows with his wife, which is more or less played for comedy. It helps establish him as a dumb, working-class cockney.

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* DomesticAbuser: DomesticAbuse: Cruncher's introduction reveals that he gets into violent rows with his wife, which is more or less played for comedy. It helps establish him as a dumb, working-class cockney.
30th Jan '16 2:52:50 AM Shadowgazer
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* WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds: [[AlternativeCharacterInterpretation One interpretation of]] [[spoiler: Madame Defarge]]

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* WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds: [[AlternativeCharacterInterpretation One interpretation of]] [[spoiler: WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds:[[spoiler: Madame Defarge]]Defarge]] which seems very believable considering all the justifiable hatred that stewed in [[spoiler:her]] for all those years.
11th Nov '15 3:17:23 PM LahmacunKebab
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** 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 [[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 [[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 [[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 [[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.]]
11th Nov '15 3:06:02 PM LahmacunKebab
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'''''A Tale of Two Cities''''' is a novel written by Creator/CharlesDickens first published in 1859, dealing with the events of UsefulNotes/TheFrenchRevolution and their impact on the lives of a number of fictional characters living at the time. The two cities of the title are London and Paris: Paris as a [[TheRevolutionWillNotBeCivilized symbol of lawlessness]], while London represents Order, albeit containing problems that could in time, lead to a situation as bad as Paris.

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'''''A Tale of Two Cities''''' is a novel written by Creator/CharlesDickens first published in 1859, dealing with the events of UsefulNotes/TheFrenchRevolution and their impact on the lives of a number of fictional characters living at the time. The two cities of the title are London and Paris: Paris as a [[TheRevolutionWillNotBeCivilized symbol of lawlessness]], while London represents Order, albeit containing problems that could could, in time, lead to a situation as bad as Paris.
12th Oct '15 11:16:49 PM JulianLapostat
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'''''A Tale of Two Cities''''' is a novel written by Creator/CharlesDickens first published in 1859, dealing with the events of UsefulNotes/TheFrenchRevolution and their impact on the lives of a number of fictional characters living at the time. The two cities of the title are London and Paris: London is seen in the book as a bastion of order, and Paris as a [[TheRevolutionWillNotBeCivilized symbol of lawlessness]].

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'''''A Tale of Two Cities''''' is a novel written by Creator/CharlesDickens first published in 1859, dealing with the events of UsefulNotes/TheFrenchRevolution and their impact on the lives of a number of fictional characters living at the time. The two cities of the title are London and Paris: London is seen in the book as a bastion of order, and Paris as a [[TheRevolutionWillNotBeCivilized symbol of lawlessness]].
lawlessness]], while London represents Order, albeit containing problems that could in time, lead to a situation as bad as Paris.



Dickens' novel was largely inspired by his reading of Thomas Carlyle's ''The French Revolution: A History'', and took from it the sense of the Revolution as an elemental eruption of the human spirit when pushed too far. Thomas Carlyle's book was itself a highly romantic and melodramatic work rather than historical so the novel does suffer from DatedHistory to some extent despite being broadly accurate to the circumstances and events of the French Revolution. Unlike Carlyle, Dickens sympathized with the ends, though not the conduct, of the Revolution, and offers a glimpse of hope that after the Robespierres and Defarges have died off, France itself would rise a free and happy Republic, [[UsefulNotes/FrenchPoliticalSystem eventually]].

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Dickens' novel was largely inspired by his reading of Thomas Carlyle's ''The French Revolution: A History'', and took from it the sense of the Revolution as an elemental eruption of the human spirit when pushed too far. Thomas Carlyle's book was itself a highly romantic and melodramatic work rather than historical so the novel does suffer from DatedHistory to some extent despite being broadly accurate to the circumstances and events of the French Revolution. Unlike Carlyle, Dickens sympathized with the ends, though not the conduct, of the Revolution, and offers a glimpse of hope that after the Robespierres and Defarges have died off, extremists meet their end, France itself would rise a free and happy Republic, [[UsefulNotes/FrenchPoliticalSystem eventually]].
eventually]].
16th Sep '15 10:12:16 PM DrOO7
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* UndersideRide: How Gaspard is able to follow the Marquis to his chateau in order to kill him. This is ominously hinted at when the narrative describes the carriage as being heavier than usual.
26th Aug '15 9:39:49 PM JulianLapostat
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Dickens' novel was largely inspired by his reading of Thomas Carlyle's ''The French Revolution: A History'', and took from it the sense of the Revolution as an elemental eruption of the human spirit when pushed too far. Dickens, however, unlike Carlyle, sympathized with the ends, though not the conduct, of the Revolution, and offers a glimpse of hope that after the Robespierres and Defarges have died off, France itself would rise a free and happy Republic, [[UsefulNotes/FrenchPoliticalSystem eventually]].

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Dickens' novel was largely inspired by his reading of Thomas Carlyle's ''The French Revolution: A History'', and took from it the sense of the Revolution as an elemental eruption of the human spirit when pushed too far. Dickens, however, unlike Thomas Carlyle's book was itself a highly romantic and melodramatic work rather than historical so the novel does suffer from DatedHistory to some extent despite being broadly accurate to the circumstances and events of the French Revolution. Unlike Carlyle, Dickens sympathized with the ends, though not the conduct, of the Revolution, and offers a glimpse of hope that after the Robespierres and Defarges have died off, France itself would rise a free and happy Republic, [[UsefulNotes/FrenchPoliticalSystem eventually]].



** Darnay's uncle. Unsurprisingly, no one's upset when the pissed off father murders him.

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** Darnay's uncle. Unsurprisingly, no one's upset when the pissed off father when Gaspard murders him.



* AFriendInNeed



* MaliciousSlander



* NobleMaleRoguishMale: Darnay (Noble) and Carton (Roguish).

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* NobleMaleRoguishMale: Darnay (Noble) and is Noble, Carton (Roguish).is slightly more roguish while Stryver is a total cad.



* 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]].



* 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.

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* 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]].
26th Aug '15 2:15:15 PM JulianLapostat
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* DroitDeSeigneur: [[spoiler:Cited by Dr. Manette in his Letter as to the crimes of the Evremondes towards Defarge's sister]].

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* DroitDeSeigneur: DroitDuSeigneur: [[spoiler:Cited by Dr. Manette in his Letter as to the crimes of the Evremondes towards Defarge's sister]].
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