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Charles Dickens

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ABOUT THE BOOK

A Tale of Two Cities is a historical novel by Charles Dickens. Its story is set against the conditions that led up to the French Revolution and the Reign of Terror. The novel tells the story of:

  • the French Doctor Manette;
  • his 18-year-long imprisonment in the Bastille in Paris;
  • his release to live in London with his daughter Lucie, whom he had never met;
  • Lucie's marriage and the collision between her beloved husband and the people who caused her father's imprisonment;
  • and Monsieur and Madame Defarge, sellers of wine in a poor suburb of Paris;

With this book, Dickens asserts his belief in the possibility of resurrection and transformation, both on a personal level and a societal level. Although the novel describes the atrocities committed both by the aristocracy and by the outraged peasants, it ultimately expresses the belief that this violence will give way to a new and better society.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Charles Dickens was an English writer and social critic, often regarded as the literary colossus of his age. He created some of the world's best-known fictional characters and is regarded as the greatest novelist of the Victorian era. His works enjoyed unprecedented popularity during his lifetime. By the 20th century, critics and scholars had recognised him as a literary genius.
Born in Portsmouth, Dickens left school to work in a factory when his father was incarcerated in a debtors' prison. Despite his lack of formal education, he edited a weekly journal for 20 years, wrote 15 novels, five novellas, hundreds of short stories and non-fiction articles, lectured and performed readings extensively,  and campaigned vigorously for children's rights, education, and other social reforms.
Dickens' literary success began with the 1836 serial publication of The Pickwick Papers. Within a few years, he had become an international literary celebrity, famous for his humour, satire, and keen observation of character and society.

CONTENTS

Book First

RECALLED TO LIFE

I. THE PERIOD ........................................................................ 7

II. THE MAIL ............................................................................. 9

III. THE NIGHT SHADOWS ................................................. 15

IV. THE PREPARATION ........................................................ 19

V. THE WINE-SHOP .............................................................. 31

VI. THE SHOEMAKER .......................................................... 41

Book Second

THE GOLDEN THREAD

I. FIVE YEARS LATER ......................................................... 53

II. A SIGHT ............................................................................... 59

III. A DISAPPOINTMENT ..................................................... 65

IV. CONGRATULATORY ...................................................... 79

V. THE JACKAL ...................................................................... 85

VI. HUNDREDS OF PEOPLE ............................................... 91

VII. MONSEIGNEUR IN TOWN ........................................ 103

VIII. MONSEIGNEUR IN THE COUNTRY ...................... 111

IX. THE GORGON’S HEAD ................................................ 117

X. TWO PROMISES ............................................................. 128

XI. A COMPANION PICTURE........................................... 135

XII. THE FELLOW OF DELICACY ..................................... 139

XIII. THE FELLOW OF NO DELICACY ............................. 146

XIV. THE HONEST TRADESMAN ...................................... 151

XV. KNITTING ......................................................................... 161

XVI. STILL KNITTING ............................................................ 172

XVII. ONE NIGHT ................................................................... 183

XVIII. NINE DAYS ..................................................................... 187

XIX. AN OPINION ................................................................. 194

XX. A PLEA ............................................................................. 201

XXI. ECHOING FOOTSTEPS ............................................. 205

XXII. THE SEA STILL RISES ................................................ 216

XXIII. FIRE RISES ..................................................................... 221

XXIV. DRAWN TO THE LOADSTONE ROCK ..................228

Book Third

THE TRACK OF A STORM

I. IN SECRET...................................................................... 241

II. THE GRINDSTONE .................................................... 253

III. THE SHADOW.............................................................. 259

IV. CALM IN STORM ........................................................ 264

V. THE WOOD-SAWYER ................................................ 269

VI. TRIUMPH ....................................................................... 275

VII. A KNOCK AT THE DOOR ........................................ 282

VIII. A HAND AT CARDS ..................................................... 287

IX. THE GAME MADE .......................................................299

X. THE SUBSTANCE OF THE SHADOW.................... 311

XI. DUSK ............................................................................... 326

XII. DARKNESS .................................................................... 330

XIII. FIFTY-TWO .....................................................................338

XIV. THE KNITTING DONE .............................................. 350

XV. THE FOOTSTEPS DIE OUT FOR EVER ............... 362

 


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