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A Tale of Two Cities

A Tale of Two Cities


Charles Dickens

A Tale of Two Cities Volume II, Chapter Twenty – A Plea Summary

  • The first person to visit Lucie and Charles after they get married is Sydney Carton.
  • Are you really surprised?
  • Charles is. He’s even more surprised when Sydney makes a rather strange request: he wants to be Charles’ friend.
  • There’s not exactly a ton of love lost between the two men, remember?
  • Nonetheless, Sydney wants to be pals.
  • More specifically, he wants to be able to pop over to their house without any warning, just like an old family friend would.
  • Charles doesn’t seem especially inclined to agree, but Sydney reminds him of how Sydney saved Charles’ life in court.
  • OK, he’s got Charles there.
  • Charles agrees to be friends.
  • That doesn’t mean, however, that he has to like it.
  • Later in the day, he grumbles to Lucie about Carton’s strange request.
  • Astonishingly, Lucie gets a bit angry at him for saying mean things about Carton.
  • She tells Charles to remember that they’re very, very happy together – and that Carton is very, very unhappy.
  • As she says, it’s hard for happy people to judge unhappy people. It just doesn’t seem fair.
  • Charles seems pretty wowed by the wonderfulness of his wife.
  • That, my friends, is alliteration. See all those "w"s in the line above? The fancy technical term for phrases that have several words which start with the same letter is "alliteration."
  • But that’s beside the point. We were discussing Lucie and Charles:
  • The two newlyweds agree to always be kind to poor old Sydney.
  • Lucie kisses Charles and thanks him for his kindness.
  • Charles kisses Lucie and blesses her for her compassion.
  • Life, in other words, is pretty perfect.

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