A Tale of Two Cities, though not explicitly about love, contains a complex love story. These different loves are often linked to Lucie Manette. It seems as though everyone loves Lucie, but those who do seem to get themselves in trouble. Though love is generally seen as a beautiful thing, inspiring quotes such as, “The greatest thing you’ll ever learn is just to love and be loved in
return,” which can be seen in Moulin Rouge, as well as many songs including the Beatles, “All You Need is Love.” But, throughout Charles Dickens’ novel, A Tale of Two Cities, it is shown that the love of another, particularly for Lucie Manette, can get one into trouble and/or have a high price, this can be seen through the characters of Madame Defarge, Miss Pross, and Sydney Carton.
In the case of Madame Defarge, most of the grief is the result of losing so much at a young age. After the Doctor Manette's letter is read in the courtroom, Madame Defarge explains her vendetta against the Evremonde brothers and their blood line. She explodes, shouting, “Defarge, I was brought up among the fishermen of the seashore, and that peasant family so injured by the two Evremonde brothers… is my family” (Dickens 330). This shows the reader just how heart broken Madame Defarge is, and shows the reason she so badly wants the nobles to pay, also why she wants Charles Darnay dead. This event of her childhood leads her to an adulthood of revenge. Her love for her family has turned her into a vengeful woman, going as far as wanting the innocent child, Little Lucie, dead explicitly because she is Charles Darnay’s daughter. Seeking revenge, as a result of loving her family, leads her to the Paris residence of the Manettes, where she fights with Miss Pross, “As the smoke cleared, leaving an awful stillness, it passed out on the air, like the soul of the furious woman whose body lay lifeless on the ground” (Dickens 357). Just like that the search for revenge against the Evremondes led to the death of Madame Defarge. As her search for revenge was a result of her love for her family, and the emotional pain she suffered at the hands of the Evremondes led to her death, it is plain to see that Madame Defarge was put in a tough situation as a result of love, and ultimately paid the price of it.
Another character that suffers and pays a high price as a result of love is Miss Pross. Miss Pross not only suffers because of a love for Lucie, but also due to a love for her family. Originally her family and her got along, then her brother betrayed them, “Mr. Lorry’s inquires into Miss Pross’s personal history had established the fact that her brother Solomon was a heartless scoundrel who had stripped her of everything she possessed...”(Dickens 93). This betrayal cut deep into her trust, and left her emotionally wounded. Her brother betrayed her and her family, and left them with nothing. He up and moved taking everything with him, and even changing his name from Solomon Pross to John Barsad. This wound...