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A Tale of Two Cities

Book One: Chapter One/The Period

In this chapter we learn about the time that the story is taking place. It is taking

place in 1775 and will happen in both France and England. The state of France is terrible

now. France has been on the decline and is now close to being bankrupt with little food for

the people that are living there. In England the situation is not as bad, but it could be

better. They are having problems with America. In the major cities of these countries there

is much crime. Mail is being stolen and so is furniture and jewels. The upper class has been

told to stay is at night as not to be attacked and have their goods stolen from them.

A Tale of Two Cities

Book One: Chapter Two/The Mail

There are several passengers traveling on a mud filled road with the Dover mail. It

is a dark and gloomy night. There is mud everywhere and they need to walk out of the cart

because the horses can’t make it up the hill. All of the passengers, including the coachman,

Tom, and the guard, Joe, are suspicious of highwaymen. The guard is carrying a pistol.

Finally the horses bring the coach over the hill. Then the passengers begin to get back into

the cart when the sound of a horse galloping is heard. The men stop and the messenger

says he is looking for Jarvis Lorry, and employee of Tellson’s Bank of London. Jerry, the

messenger is permitted to come up and he tells Jarvis to “Wait at Dover for Mam’selle.”

Jarvis replies by saying “Recalled to Life”. Jerry finds this odd, but leaves with the

message. Jarvis gets back into the cart and then they leave. Then the messenger gives to

the message to somebody in the Temple Bar and the chapter closes.

A Tale of Two Cities

Book One: Chapter Three/The Night Shadows

Jerry Cruncher is one his way back to London to deliver Lorry’s message. The

message and the night shadows bother Jerry so he keeps on stopping at alehouses to drink.

While Jerry is going back to London Jarvis Lorry is in the bumpy mail coach. It is night

and he is trying to sleep, along with the other passengers. Dickens then talks about how

each one of these men are different with there own secrets. Lorry is dreaming about

digging up a dead man. He finds out that the man has been buried alive for 18 years and

doesn’t know if he can live. He also is going to meet a lady, which is probably the person

that Jerry is taking the message too. Lorry doesn’t like these dreams and he keeps on

waking up and going to the window so the breeze and rain can hit him in the face. Finally

it is day and the shadows and dreams are gone. He then thinks how horrible it must be to

be buried alive for 18 years. Of course this person wasn’t literally buried alive, but was in a

jail for this long amount of time.

A Tale of Two Cities

Book One: Chapter Four/The Preparation

Mr. Lorry arrives at the Royal George Hotel, and is the last person to leave the

mail carriage. He goes up to his room where he can have a shave and get into some fresh

clothes. Jarvis is around 60 years old. He goes downstairs and has breakfast. Then he

spends the day on the beach in Dover. When nightfall arrives Jarvis goes up to his room

and has some wine. He is waiting for Lucie Manette.

Lucie arrives and Jarvis goes to see her. They have met before when she was two

and Jarvis took her across the Channel as an orphan 15 years ago. They talk and Lorry

keeps on saying that this is business. He talks about Lucie’s childhood and her family

history. Then he tells her that her father, Dr.Manette of Beauvais, is not dead. He has been

in a jail for 18 years and was just released. Now he is old and different. He doesn’t even

know his name. As of now he is in Paris staying with an old servant. Lucie says that she is

going to see a ghost and faints. With this Jarvis calls for help and Miss Pross comes in/

She throws Mr.Lorry across the room and tells the servants to get some salts. Then she

goes over to Lucie and we find out that she will accompany Lucie and Mr.Lorry to Paris.

A Tale of Two Cities

Book One: Chapter Five/The Wine-Shop

The chapter opens in Paris. It is in a wine shop in a poor part of the suburbs called

Saint Antoine. Somebody has smashed a keg of wine open and everyone is running to get

some. A man named Gaspard takes the wine and writes the word blood with his finger.

Monsieur Defarge tells him to take it somewhere else. Then we meet Madame Defarge.

She is a scary lady and loves to knit. There are also three men named Jaques in the shop

who Defarge takes to an adjacent building. Then he takes Jarvis Lorry and Lucie Manette

upstairs to see Dr.Manette. The three Jaques try to take a look in, but Defarge tells them

to go. Then Defarge, Lorry, and Lucie enter the room and see Dr.Manette in the room on

a bench. He is making shoes.

A Tale of Two Cities

Book One: Chapter Six/Shoemaker

Dr.Manette has forgotten everything that he knew before he went to prison. He

doesn’t even remember his name and only states his inmate number and location. Then he

reunites with Lucie. It is a very emotional meeting and Dr.Manette starts tearing out his

hair. Then Lucie rocks him. Although he doesn’t recognize her or know who she is he

recognizes her golden blonde hair as something familiar. This makes her a reference to an

angel. While the two are reuniting Defarge and Mr.Lorry have gone outside to talk about

travel arrangements. Lucie, Dr.Manette, and Lorry leave Paris under the stars. Lorry is

then reminded about his first trip at night and the question that kept on lingering in his


A Tale of Two Cities

Book Two: Chapter One/Five Years Later

The year is now 1780 and five years have gone by since we last met anyone. We

get a description of Temple Bar and Tellson’s. Tellson’s Bank is an old, dingy place run by

old men, and everything there is also old and dingy. It is a small dark place. Then we get

introduced to Jerry Cruncher Jerry wakes up in his small apartment and finds his wife

praying in the corner. Jerry throws a boot at her because he feels her prayers are

interfering with his trade. After breakfast Jerry and his son go down to the bank. His son is

a spitting image of him. Jerry has to go on a message and Young Jerry takes his seat

wondering why his father’s nails are always rusty.

A Tale of Two Cities

Book Two: Chapter Two/A Sight

Jerry Cruncher is sent to the Old Bailey by a banker at Tellson’s. There he is to

give a note to the doorman who will let him in. In the court he will be Mr.Lorry’s

messenger. This case is for treason. The defendant is Charles Darnay and it is said that he

has been giving information about British troop movement to the French. His punishment

for this is quartering. He takes everything very bravely and only flinches once when he

looks up into a mirror on the ceiling. Then he notices Lucie and Dr. Manette. He asks who

they are. Most people are staring at Lucie and the old man who is obviously her father.

Then the court gets ready for action.

A Tale of Two Cities

Book Two: Chapter Three/A Disappointment

The chapter opens up with a speech from the Attorney-General. He is going on

about his two great witnesses and how guilt Darnay is. Then he calls up John Barsad.

He asks Barsad some questions that make him seem trust worthy, but then there is a

cross-examination. Stryver makes him look like a liar. Next is Roger Cly. Stryver has it

known that he is a known thief and friend of Barsad. Next is Jarvis Lorry. He says he

doesn’t know who he was riding in the coach with and that Darney was on the packet-ship

going from France to England with him. Lucie is then brought up and says that he was

helpful, but was using a false name and spoke with two Frenchmen before he left. The

Doctor remembers nothing due to his illness at the time. Finally Mr. Stryver points out

that Sydney Carton and the prisoner look exactly the same. This makes another witness

not sure of the identity. He then makes it known that Mr. Darney often travels between

England and France of family business which he can’t disclose. The chapter ends with

Darney being acquitted and Jerry Cruncher going to Tellson’s to tell them.

A Tale of Two Cities

Book Two: Chapter Four/Congratulatory

Dr. Manette, Lucie, Stryver, and Mr. Lorry all gather around Charles Darney and

congratulate him on his acquittal. Then we see that Dr.Manette still suffers sometimes and

goes into his dark stages. Lucie, the “golden thread” helps to bring him about. This is

another way of mentioning the color of her hair. Then we learn a little about Mr. Stryver.

He is stout, loud, red, and bluff. After that there is a little exchange between Lorry and

Carton. Everyone then goes, but we can see that Carton is a little hostile towards Darnay.

He is jealous and Carton also likes to drink. When left alone Carton goes and looks in the

mirror. He looks at his reflection and notices the resemblance to Darnay. Then he starts to

think about what he could have been, and sometimes is.

A Tale of Two Cities

Book Two: Chapter Five/The Jackal

In this chapter Stryver is with Carton. It becomes obvious that Carton is really the

person that does most of the legal work and prepares it for Stryver. Carton becomes upset

and gloomy. Then Stryver offers a toast to Lucie. After talking some Carton then leaves

Stryver’s place. While outside he sees a mirage of what he could be. The mirage then

disappears and he goes home. When he gets there he starts to cry on his pillow.

A Tale of Two Cities

Book Two: Chapter Six/Hundreds of People

The chapter opens with a description of the Manette’s home. It is very quaint on a

corner street in Soho. There is some French about the house, but it is in England. Mr.

Lorry is on his way over there. He is now a good family friend and often spends time with

the Manette’s. When he gets there he spends some time wondering about and meets Miss

Pross. They talk about how sometimes Dr.Manette just starts walking around at night, and

how he still has his workman’s bench. Miss Pross also talks about all of the suitors coming

to get Lucie. We also learn about Miss Pross’ loyalty to her brother Solomon, who took all

of her money and had left.

After this discussion Lucie, and Dr.Manette come home from a walk they took.

They all eat dinner and then go outside for a drink on the lovely evening. Soon they are

joined by Sydney Carton and Charles Darnay, who both visit often. Then Darnay brings up

how somebody wrote the word DIG in the wall in the Tower of London. This begins to

upset Dr.Manette and it starts to rain. They all go inside and can here the echoes of

hundreds of people rushing by to get out of the rain. Then after awhile Mr.Lorry, Darnay

and Carton leave on their separate ways.

A Tale of Two Cities

Book Two: Chapter Seven/Monseigneur In Town

The chapter opens up at a party of the Monseigneur in his little hotel. The

members of the party are ignorant people, and are in a sense fakes at their professions.

We then learn of another man there who goes by the name of the Farmer-General. This

man married the Monseigneur’s wife, and collects the taxes for Monseigneur. He is

extremely rich. After a while the party ends and they all leave. On the street we meet

Monsieur the Marquis. He is leaving the party and orders his coach to fly through the

streets. On his way he kills a child and the driver stops. The father is extremely upset and

The Monsieur just throws him a gold coin like that is what he child is worth. This father is

the tall-thin joker Gaspard. After this Defarge comes over and tells Gaspard it is okay, and

it is better of the child was killed in an instance. Then the Marquis throws Defarge a coin.

Defarge throws it back. When Marquis asks who did it nobody moves except Madame

Defarge, who just looks at him while knitting. He calls them all dogs and says he would

like to kill the coin thrower. Then he leaves and Dicken’s talks about the running fountain

and rivers and how soon the people will run their course.

A Tale of Two Cities

Book Two: Chapter Eight/Monseigneur In The Country

Monsieur the Marquis is driving through the little village outside of his chateau. It

is very poor and the people are dying. When he arrives at the fountain in town he notices

the mender of roads that he saw on the hill. He asks why the mender gave him a look and

he said because there was a man on the bottom of the carriage. From the description it

seems as if this was Gaspard. They tall about this for a while and then the Monsieur tells

the people to turn him if they see him. The Marquis also tells Gabelle, his tax

collector/postmaster to keep an eye on the mender of roads, who has a blue cap. Then he

meets a lady whose husband, the wood cutter, has died. He wants the Monsieur to put a

little stone on the grave with his name. The Marquis just leaves and goes home. There he

is waiting for Monsieur Charles from England. This is probably Charles Darnay.

A Tale of Two Cities

Book Two: Chapter Nine/The Gorgon’s Head

In this chapter we get a description of the chateau. There are many stone heads all

over it and it is very elegant. Then it becomes apparent that Charles Darnay is the Marquis’

nephew. They meet and have a big dinner. From the Marquis attitude and sayings it is

clear that he likes oppression and will uphold the family honor. Charles disagrees with this,

and renounces the chateau and France. The uncle also asks if Darnay knows a Doctor with

a daughter in England. Darnay answers yes, and a smile appears across the face of the

Marquis. They go to sleep and when Charles wakes up there is something wrong. The

Marquis has been stabbed in the heart, and is dead. There is a letter that says that it is from

the Jaques.

Scott Levine Mr.Holbrook

English 10H Period1 3/11/97

A Tale of Two Cities

Book Two: Chapter Ten/Two Promises

It has been a year since the Marquis was murdered. Charles Darnay has taken up

the occupation of a French professor/tutor. He enjoys teaching the children and realizes

that he has to work in order to make a living. It seems that Mr.Darnay is also deeply in


On this day he finds himself going to Soho and the Manette’s house. When he gets

to the house Mr.Darnay only finds that Miss Pross and Lucie have gone out and the

doctor is the only one home. Charles sits down and begins to talk with the Doctor about a

serious issue. Apparently Charles is interested in the love of Lucie and wants to marry her,

but wants Dr.Manette’s consent. He realizes that Lucie has a tight relationship with her

father and he says that he is not trying to break them up, and that this will not interfere

with Lucie’s love for her father. After some hesitation Dr.Manette agrees, and gives his


Charles asks if Lucie has any other suitors. When the Doctor tells him that Carton

or Stryver may be interested. Darnay then asks Dr.Manette to promise him that if the

topic of Lucie’s marriage or Mr.Darnay arises the Doctor will support Mr.Darnay, and not

try to influence against him. Dr.Manette agrees to this. Then Charles starts to tell him

about his family and why he is in England. This bothers the Doctor and he starts to yell

stop. When he calms down he makes Mr.Darnay promise to him that he will not speak of

this again until the morning of Lucie’s wedding to him. That is, if she marries him. Charles

agrees with him, and then the Doctor tells him to leave because they may be home soon.

Willfully, Charles leaves.

When Lucie and Miss Pross return Lucie looks for her father. She hears him in his

room and, she hears a light hammering sound. When she looks inside her father is making

shoes. She yells and then calls to him, like in prison. For a long time they walk back and

forth together. Then the Doctor is relaxed and he sleeps.

The title of this chapter comes from the two promises that were made. The first

about the Doctor supporting Charles, and the second about Charles past. There are a few

questions we are left with at the end of the chapter. One would be why did Dickens call

the Doctor “Doctor of Beauvais” when this name was only used before his prison

sentence? Also, why does the Doctor start to make shoes after Darnay talks about his

family? Another question is who will end up winning the heart of Lucie?

A Tale of Two Cities

Book Two: Chapter Eleven/A Companion Picture

The chapter opens up in Stryver’s place. Sydney has been hard at work finishing