YMMV: A Tale of Two Cities


  • Draco in Leather Pants: Madame Defarge is often regarded with a greater deal of sympathy than the story's "heroes", Harold Bloom famously called her, "Everybody's favorite character in the novel."
  • Ho Yay: Charles and Sydney, partially due to Have a Gay Old Time but not entirely.
  • It Was His Sled: Carton dies at the end.
  • Marty Stu: Charles Darnay. Why, no, Mister Charles Dickens, the name's not at all familiar.
  • Purity Sue: Arguably Lucie.
    • Really, she's more of a Mary Sue Classic.
    • This might have been intended by Dickens after all; there's a strong case being built that says all characters in the book, except for Carton, are purposely two-dimensional.
  • Tear Jerker: The repetition of "I am the resurrection and the life" as Sydney goes to his death can hit pretty hard.
    • Also, the Little Seamstress whose only crime was being employed by a noble and who will never see her cousin again, but goes to her death with dignity and grace.
      • Additional Tear Jerker if you ascribe to it a bit of Alternative Character Interpretation. The Seamstress recognizes the switch and knows that Sydney is sacrificing himself. Some people like to think that they fall in love in the few moments they have together before their executions.
  • Values Dissonance: Cruncher's Domestic Abuse of his wife is more or less Played for Laughs, but to a modern reader it can come across as more disgusting than comedic. This has the side affect of making Cruncher less sympathetic than the author may have intended him to be.