A Tale of Two Cities
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O Miss Manette, when the little picture of a happy father's face looks up in yours, when you see your own bright beauty springing up anew at your feet, think now and then that there is a man who would give his life, to keep a life you love beside you! (2.13.49)
Sydney Carton, certain that his solitary (and unhappy) life could never include Lucie, imagines instead a happy family life for her.
Good Miss Pross! As if the estrangement between them had come of any culpability of hers. As if Mr. Lorry had not known it for a fact, years ago, in the quiet corner in Soho, that this precious brother had spent her money and left her! (3.8.23)
Miss Pross’ good-natured affection sees no evil – even when her brother uses and abandons her. Her devotion to Lucie seems slightly less remarkable in light of her complete devotion to her no-account brother, as well.
My husband, my father, and my brother! One, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine, ten, eleven, twelve. Hush! (3.10.73)
Kidnapped and raped by the Marquis Evrémonde, a young woman descends into madness. Her ravings are also a form of an elegy for her family, all of whom died as a result of the Marquis’ actions.