History Literature / ATaleOfTwoCities

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.''
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.
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