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By Charles Dickens

"It was once the easiest of instances, it was once the worst of occasions . . ."

With those recognized phrases, Charles Dickens plunges the reader into certainly one of history’s such a lot explosive eras—the French Revolution. From the storming of the Bastille to the relentless drop of the guillotine, Dickens vividly captures the fear and upheaval of that tumultuous interval.

At the guts is the novel’s hero, Sydney Carton, a lazy, alcoholic legal professional who, encouraged via a lady, makes the best sacrifice at the bloodstained streets of Paris.

One of Dickens’s most fun novels, A story of 2 Cities is a stirring vintage of affection, revenge, and resurrection.

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205). Reading Dickens舗s own deep-driving need for love from his public into the novel, we understand the necessity of Sydney Carton舗s going to the scaffold for Charles Darnay. After all, what wouldn舗t Dickens do for his beloved readers? Charles Dickens舗s novels represented him, the popular author of his age, as the perfect mediator between the public world and the private sanctum of the family. His character-filled social panoramas granted him admission as a 舠privileged person舡 to the domestic arena idealized by the Victorians, as a benevolent emissary (never a spy) from the outside world, an educator and entertainer who takes his place at the fireside, informally and without ceremony.

The essentially theatrical quality of Parisian social life produces a theatrical Revolution. 舡 There is something uniquely Parisian, too, in the spectacle of the liberation of the Bastille (with only seven prisoners inside) and in the rituals of the Terror itself, as the tumbrils roll daily to the guillotine watched by knitting ladies, who take up seats in their favored spots each morning as if at a sideshow or circus. As Dickens describes it, even the victims of the Terror cannot escape the theatrical atmosphere of the proceedings.

A strong desire was upon me then, to embody it in my own person; and I traced out in my fancy, the state of mind of which it would necessitate the presentation to an observant spectator, with particular care and interest. As the idea became familiar to me, it gradually shaped itself into its present form. Throughout its execution, it has had complete possession of me; I have so far verified what is done and suffered in these pages, as that I have certainly done and suffered it all myself. Whenever any reference (however slight) is made here to the condition of the French people before or during the Revolution, it is truly made, on the faith of the most trustworthy witnesses.

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