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A Tale Of Two Cities Essay

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A Tale of Two Cities

Jarvis Lorry, an employee of Tellson's Bank, was sent to find Dr.
Manette, an unjustly imprisoned physician, in Paris and bring him back
to England. Lucie, Manette's daughter who thought that he was dead,
accompanied Mr. Lorry. Upon arriving at Defarge's wine shop in Paris,
they found Mr. Manette in a dreadful state and took him back to London
with them. Mr. Manette could not rember why he had been imprisoned, or
when he was imprisoned. He was in a state of Post Tramatic Stress
Dis-order. All the years of imporisonment led to his insanity, his
life was in danger almost every second of his imprisoned life. In
1780, five years later, Lucie, Mr. Lorry and Dr. Manette were called
to
testify against Charles Darnay, a tutor who made constant trips
between France and England and was thus accused of treason. During
these times both governments were very paranoid about anybody who had
the aperence of commiting treason. Darney, since he travled back and
forth between countries was a perfect suspect for treason. The French
Government had just been overthrown by the beggars, and middle class
and now run by them, the British on the other hand was still a
monarchy and had awful factories and many slums, like France did.
Darnay was acquitted when a lawyer, Carton,
looked much like him and an eye witness faltered to positively
distinguish between them.

Carton loved Lucie but he was a drunk. Knowing that their relationship
was hopeless, he stated that he would sacrifice himself for her or
anyone she loved in an emotional conversation. Darnay ended up
marrying Lucie. Darnay's uncle, the Marquiuis St. Evremonde, was
assassinated by the father of a child he ran over and Darnay inherited
his Chateau. Darnay would not take it because he did not want to
exploit the French people as his uncle did. In 1792, while the French
Revolution was in full swing, Darnay decided to go to France to save a
family servant, Gabelle. Upon his arrival, he was immediately jailed.
Lucie and Dr. Manette soon showed up in Paris at the doorstep of
Tellson's French office, where Lorry already was present. Dr. Manette
managed to get Darnay released after a year, yet he was re-jailed the
same day by Madame Defarge because his family, the Evremondes, had
previously killed off her family. Darnay was tried the next day and
sentenced to death. Manette went back into his demented state with
hopelessness.
Carton arrived in Paris and heard a plot by Defarge to also kill Lucie
and Dr. Manette. Quickly, he made his way into the prison with the
help of spies and, with his close resemblance, switched places with
Darnay. Carton had arranged for the escape of Lucie, Darnay, and Dr.
Manette. Madame Defarge had been killed by Miss Pross, a sort of
stereotype nanny to Lucie, and escaped with Lucie. Carton...

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