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A Tale of Two Cities

A Tale of Two Cities


by Charles Dickens

A Tale of Two Cities Morals and Ethics Quotes

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Quote #1

As an emotion of the mind will express itself through any covering of the body, so the paleness which his situation engendered came through the brown upon his cheek, showing the soul to be stronger than the sun. (2.2.41)

Charles Darnay’s very body seems to testify to his innocence in the English court.

Quote #2

"If you knew what a conflict goes on in the business mind, when the business mind is divided between good-natured impulse and business appearances, you would be amused, Mr. Darnay." (2.4.22)

Oscillating between businessman and human being, Mr. Lorry often finds that his good heart becomes the source of most of his worries.

Quote #3

He had that rather wild, strained, seared marking about the eyes, which may be observed in all free livers of his class, from the portrait of Jeffries downward, and which can be traced, under various disguises of Art, through the portraits of every Drinking Age. (2.5.12)

If Sydney operates under the assumption that he’s naturally fitted for his role, his "lion" (Mr. Stryver) is described by the narrator as equally fated for the role he plays.

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