Sydney Carton

A Tale of Two Cities

Characteristics

Sydney Carton is the most dynamic character in A Tale of Two Cities. In the beginning, Carton comes off as a bitter, lazy, and immature attorney. He cannot even find interest in his own life. "I am a disappointed drudge, sir. I care for no man on earth, and no man on earth cares for me." (page 146) As the story goes on, he eventually finds himself falling for the 'gentle girl', Lucie Manette. This ultimately comes as a shock considering he has introduced himself in the novel as pretty much a jerk. Before Lucie marry's Charles Darnay, he confesses his love for Lucie, eventhough he still says he's worthless. "For you, and for you any dear to you, I would do anything." (page 268)