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A Tale of Two Cities Volume II, Chapter Eleven – A Companion Picture

By Charles Dickens

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Volume II, Chapter Eleven – A Companion Picture

  • It’s late at night. Sydney Carton is working. Stryver is drinking.
  • He’s so happy about drinking, in fact, that he asks Carton to make another bowl of punch for the two of them.
  • He has news.
  • Stryver, it seems, has decided to marry.
  • Carton knows Stryver pretty well. He asks if the woman has money.
  • Stryver takes Carton to task for being such a cynic. He’s actually fallen in love this time.
  • In fact, Stryver’s a bit worried that Carton won’t like his choice of a bride.
  • Once upon a time, Carton spoke slightingly of the woman whom Stryver has decided to make his bride.
  • Carton starts a little bit. Could Stryver mean….
  • Yes. Stryver means to marry Lucie.
  • Apparently, Stryver’s willing to overlook her poverty.
  • He’s pretty magnanimous about the whole thing. Lucie will benefit a lot from the marriage, he thinks, but he’s willing to take her, anyway.
  • We just want to put our opinion on the record: Stryver’s a pompous fool.
  • Carton thinks so, too.
  • While Stryver tells Carton about his plans, he also tries to dispense some free advice on how he thinks Carton should lead his own life.
  • Perhaps Carton could find someone like…well, Lucie to marry.
  • Lucie?
  • Carton jumps uncomfortably.
  • Stryver continues to offer unwelcome advice about Carton’s love life.
  • Luckily, Carton chooses to ignore him.

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