History Literature / ATaleOfTwoCities

27th Sep '17 9:06:48 AM JulianLapostat
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* DarkerAndEdgier: Than most of Charles Dickens' bibliography, especially his earlier books. The novel's unflinching depictions of institutionalized oppression and societal upheaval are some of the grittiest things that Dickens ever wrote.

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* DarkerAndEdgier: Than most There have always been a great many scenes of Charles violence, gritty and dark moments in Dickens' bibliography, especially his earlier books. The novel's unflinching depictions of institutionalized oppression novels but those were always balanced by Dickens' gift for caricature, satire, and societal upheaval are some humour. ''A Tale of Two Cities'' doesn't have the grittiest things that Dickens ever wrote.countervailing elements and as such is among Dickens' most serious and darkest books.
27th Sep '17 6:20:01 AM ImperialMajestyXO
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* DarkerAndEdgier: Than most of Charles Dickens' bibliography, especially his earlier books. The novel's unflinching depictions of institutionalized oppression and societal upheaval are some of the grittiest things that Dickens ever wrote.
4th Jul '17 1:08:50 PM Ciara25
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** Darnay's uncle. Unsurprisingly, no one's upset when the pissed off Gaspard murders him.

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** Darnay's uncle. He caused the death of Madame's Defarge's entire family, ran over a peasant child and coldly tosses Gaspard a coin to pay for his son's death. Unsurprisingly, no one's upset when the pissed off Gaspard murders him.



** 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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** Madame Defarge 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.
4th Jul '17 1:05:29 PM Ciara25
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** Madame Defarge: 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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** Madame Defarge: It was her older sister who was raped and ultimately killed by Darnay's uncle. Her The sister's husband was worked to death by the evremonde brothers, their brother died defending her honor, and her their father died of grief. Thus Defarge swore vengeance against all of the Evrémondes.
3rd Jul '17 2:38:37 PM Ciara25
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* DisproportionateRestitution:
** A nobleman in a speeding carriage crushes a child and flips a coin onto the street for the grieving father.
** 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 who dies just before Sydney Carton on the Guillotine is the living embodiment of the victims of such rage and hatred.

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* DisproportionateRestitution:
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DisproportionateRestitution: A nobleman in a speeding carriage crushes a child and flips a coin onto the street for the grieving father.
** * DisproportionateRetribution: 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 who dies just before Sydney Carton on the Guillotine is the living embodiment of the victims of such rage and hatred.
25th Apr '17 8:42:50 AM JulianLapostat
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* AthensAndSparta: The title invokes this: with London being Athens (a refined classy restrained society) and Paris being Sparta (a city in the middle of a warzone filled with violence and anarchy). Now Dickens does qualify this by insisting that London isn't perfect, noting the class inequality and tensions there, and he presents Paris as merely an instance of what could happen to London if it became as complacent as the French nobility did.
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.''
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