Die Heuning Pot Literature Guide
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Quote #10

I am like one who died young. All my life might have been. (2.13.17)

Why is Sydney Carton so sure that he can never deserve Lucie? Perhaps this quote offers an explanation: he’s convinced that his lower-class background makes him unfit for the life that he is capable of leading. He sees himself as one who died when his parents did. He’s never been able to believe in his own ability to transcend the circumstances of his youth.

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