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A Tale of Two Cities

A Tale of Two Cities

by Charles Dickens

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Quote #7

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.

Quote #8

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.

Quote #9

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.

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