The Tale of Two Cities

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Five years later, two British spies, Mr. John Barsad and Roger Cly, are trying to frame French émigré Charles Darnay for their own gain; and Charles Darnay is on trial for treason at the Old Bailey. They claim, falsely, that Darnay gave information about British troops in North America to the French. Charles Darnay is acquitted when a witness who claims he would be able to recognize Darnay anywhere cannot tell Darnay apart from a barrister present in court, Sydney Carton, who looks almost identical to him. In Paris, the despised Monsieur the Marquis, Charles Darnay's uncle, runs over and kills the son of the peasant Gaspard and throws a coin to Gaspard to compensate him for his loss. Monsieur Defarge comforts Gaspard. As the Marquis's coach drives off, the coin thrown to Gaspard is thrown back into the coach by an unknown hand, enraging the Marquis. Arriving at his château, the Marquis meets with his nephew and heir Charles Evrémonde, now known as Charles Darnay. (Out of disgust with his family, Darnay shed his real surname and adopted an Anglicised version of his mother's maiden name, D'Aulnais.[3]) They argue: Darnay has sympathy for the peasantry, while the Marquis is cruel and heartless: "Repression is the only lasting philosophy. The dark deference of fear and slavery, my friend," observed the Marquis, "will keep the dogs obedient to the whip, as long as this roof," looking up to it, "shuts out the sky."[4] That night, Gaspard, who followed the Marquis to his château by hanging under his coach, stabs and kills the Marquis in his sleep. He leaves a note saying, "Drive him fast to his tomb. This, from JACQUES."[5] Months later, he is hanged above the village's fountain, poisoning its water, which angers the peasants greatly. In London, Darnay gets Dr. Manette's permission to wed Lucie; but Carton confesses his love to Lucie as well. Knowing she will not love him in return, Carton promises to "embrace any sacrifice for you and for those dear to you".[6] On the...
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