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  • 莉娜
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    In the opening chapter, the period in which the novel is set is described. The story begins about fifteen years before the French Revolution. It is a time when many people think they live in the best of times, while others condemn it as the worst of times. The kings of England and France are both mediocre rulers, and they believe in their divine rights. People are put to death for the slightest of crimes.

    The condition in France is very bad, for there is a total disregard for the common people by the aristocracy; injustice, cruelty, and oppression are rampant. The aristocracy is unaware that the masses are preparing for the revolution by turning timber into guillotines and farm carts into tumbrels to convey people to the guillotine. In England, too, lawlessness and poverty prevail. Even the colonies in America are up in arms against their English rulers, and the attempts of the American colonies to obtain freedom are not taken seriously.


    The Dover mail coach makes its way laboriously up Shooter's Hill on a wet Friday night in November, 1775. Tired horses are dragging the coach while the passengers trudge alongside. Because of the general state of affairs in England, the passengers are suspicious of the driver, of the guard, and of one another; they are also afraid of ambush from the outside. A messenger arrives with a message for Mr. Jarvis Lorry, who is an agent of Tellson's Bank and one of the passengers. The message is that Mr. Lorry needs to wait in Dover to meet a young lady. Mr. Lorry sends a return message to the bank that states only, "recalled to life." The messenger thinks the message is very strange, but agrees to deliver it. Mr. Lorry goes back into the coach.


    The messenger, Jerry Cruncher, trots off into the darkness to deliver the message to the night watchman of Tellson's Bank. On the way, he stops a number of times to scratch his head and think about the perplexing message. In the coach, Mr. Lorry dozes and dreams about the man who has been all but buried alive in a prison for the last eighteen years.

    (Sorry, we do not have enough spaces to post the other chapters.)

    Monsieur Ernest Defarge

    A wine-seller in Paris. He had been Dr. Manette's servant and becomes a leader of the revolutionaries.

    Madame Therese Defarge

    The wife of Ernest Defarge, who is a cruel, embittered, and vengeful woman. She has a watchful eye and records, in her knitting, the names of all those who had to die. She represents the bloody and violent aspect of the revolution.

    Jarvis Lorry

    An official of Tellson's bank who befriends the Manette family.

    Jeremy Cruncher

    An odd-job man, who sits outside Tellson's bank during the day and is a body-snatcher by night. He provides comic relief to the story.

    Roger Cly

    A police spy in England who becomes a prison spy during the revolution in France. He testifies against Darnay at his trial in London.

    Sydney Carton

    A clever barrister who resembles Darnay in appearance. Carton wastes his life by drinking and idling. His love for Lucie is the only bright spot in his life. He is a man of word and courage. He fulfills his promise by sacrificing his life for Darnay's.

    Miss Pross

    Lucie's devoted English nurse who is a woman of great strength and courage. She fiercely protects Lucie from any harm.