Plot and Conflict

For A Tale of Two Cities


It was 1775, the time of kings and queens in England and France. Peace was not the status of these countries, but it was internal social issues. Our story begins when a man named Jerry Cruncher who had stopped a Dover mail coach with an urgent message for Jarvis Lorry. The message had instructed Lorry to wait for a young women at Dover, England. The young women Lorry had met at Dover was a orphan and her name was Lucie Manette. Her dad, whose a prominent doctor, was supposedly been discovered in France. Lorry takes Lucie to Paris, where they meet Defarge, a former servant of Dr. Manette, who has kept Manette safe in a Garret. Mr. Lorry and Lucie take Dr. Manette back to London where Lucie plans to nurse her father back to health and sanity.

Time flied by and the year was 1780. Charles Darnay, a french aristocrat, is accused of treason against England. Lucie an her father are reluctant witnesses for the prosecution, as they had already met him while traveling from Calais to Dover. During the prosecution, Lucie stresses the good qualities of Darnay while recounting her testimony. The evidence against him is overwhelming as the prosecution produces a number of witnesses who swear that he is a spy. However, it is Sydney Carton, a colleague of Darnay, points out the resemblance between the prisoner and himself to the defense lawyer Mr. Stryver. The jury then realizes that it could be a case of mistaken identity, and Darnay is cleared.

Years pass, and both Darnay and Caton fall in love with Lucie Manette. Carton is a lawyer who wastes his life in drinking and vegetating. Lucie has no interest in him; instead, she marries Darnay. Darnay's uncle, Marquis St. Evermonde, is a notorious man known for his cruelty; he had lived a life of a extravagant and has no respect for human life. This is emphasized when he had run over a child on the streets with a carriage. That very night he was murdered in bed by the child's father, Gaspard.

Very soon, The French Revolution broke out in all fury with the storming of the Bastille. In London, Darnay had been happily married to Lucie for eleven years, and they have a beautiful daughter. On hearing that Gabelle, his steward in France, has been wrongly arrested, Darnay returns to Paris to save his faithful servant. On hearing of her husband's capture, Lucie, her daughter, Dr. Manette, and Mr. Lorry rush to Paris. Dr. Manette, himself a victim of oppression, convinces the people of his son-in-law's innocence, and Darnay is discharged. Madame Defarge, however, seeks personal revenge against the Evermonde Family, for the cruel Marquis tormented her sister and killed her brother. So Darnay is re-arrested, tried and sentenced to death. Now, there is no hope of saving him. Even the lives of Lucie and her daughter are in danger because the Defarges would like to eliminate anyone who has a close connection with the French aristocracy.

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