The year is 1775 and in a room above a wine-shop Paris sits a white-haired is a free man, making shoes. man, busy making

shoes. For or

eighteen years he was a prisoner in the Bastille. Now he but he does not know his name, recognize his friends. He knows only that he must go on

In a coach driving into Paris sits Lucie, the daughter
and with her love and care, he forgets learns to live again as a free man. But in the stormy years of the French Revolution, past is neither dead, nor forgotten. And soon dangerous


has never seen. Lucie takes her father back to London the past and

the its

secrets pull Lucie and the people she loves where that terrible machine of death, waits hungrily for the enemies of France.

back to Paris ... the Guillotine,






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A Tale of Two Cities
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1775 It was the best of times. hungry and unhappy. and in England there was a King and a Queen. the driver heard 1 . but they were the angry whispers of desperate people. They believed that nothing would ever change. The horses were tired. Late one November night. Behind closed doors in the homes of the people. It was the spring of hope. In France there was a King and a Queen. The people were poor. It was the year one thousand seven hundred and seventy-five. it was the season of darkness. The King made paper money and spent it. it was the worst of times. in that same year 1775. but as they rested.I The road to Paris . It was the season of light. and the people had nothing to eat. they were only whispers. and getting worse. voices spoke in whispers against the King and his noblemen. But in France things were bad. a coach going from London to Dover stopped at the top of a long hill. it was the winter of sadness.

' 'Yes. Jerry Cruncher. Jerry?' called Mr Lorry. from Tellson's Bank in London. He had carried her in his arms when he came from Calais to Dover. and a stranger answer. Mr Lorry. Miss Manette. But think.' cried the man on the horse.' said Mr Lorry. her father disappeared. The next day Mr Lorry was sitting in his hotel in Dover when a young lady arrived. Mr Lorry. about one of the customers of Tellson's Bank. Perhaps your father wasn't dead. Many years ago I brought you from France to England.' 'Very well.1775 another horse coming fast up the hill behind them. asking me to come here to meet you. I understood there was some 2 news about my poor father's money. almost a baby. and Tellson's Bank has taken care of you since then. They had a daughter. Jerry. Mr Lorry asked the young lady to sit down. a French doctor married an English lady. from Tellson's Bank. 'What do you want?' 'It's me! Jerry. 'I received a message from Tellson's Bank. You were told that your father had died. Mr Lorry. and their daughter was brought back to England. that's true. No one in the coach understood what they meant. Miss Manette. Not long afterwards his unhappy wife died. Miss Manette. Not because he had done something 'What is this story you want to tell me?' 3 . 'Miss Manette. 'Tell them my answer isCAME BACK TO LIFE. She was pretty. 'What's the matter. putting his head out of the window.A Tale of Two Cities The road to Paris . Mr Jarvis Lorry. Nobody knew what had happened to him.' said one of the passengers. but I don't quite understand.' It was a strange message. and Mr Lorry remembered a small child.' 'But this is like my father's story. Perhaps he was in prison. 'I have a strange story to tell you. from France to England.' said the young lady. sir. That's where I work. 'A message for you.' 'I am Mr Jarvis Lorry. And wasn't it you who brought me back to England?' 'Yes. many years ago. He died so long ago before I was born. You've got to wait at Dover for a young lady. with golden hair and blue eyes.' he said. but just before she was born. The rider stopped his horse beside the coach and shouted: 'I want a passenger. What is this story you want to tell me?' 'About twenty years ago.

an enemy with the power to send him to prison and to keep him there. and we are going there to bring him back to life. 'He is alive. no questions at all. The streets were narrow and dirty. almost empty. suddenly kissed the young lady's hand. It would be too dangerous. 4 They followed him upstairs.A Tale of Two Cities A tome-shop in Paris wrong! But just because he had a powerful enemy . His wife. hidden and forgotten.' 2 A wine-shop in Paris In the part of Paris called Saint Antoine everyone was poor. 'Why is the door locked?' asked Mr Lorry in surprise. Defarge went over to speak to them. then turned her eyes to look at two new customers. In the wine-shop of Monsieur Defarge there were not many customers and Defarge was outside. until they reached the top. 'He is afraid if the door is not locked! 5 .' 'Because he has lived too long behind a locked door. Miss Manette. Defarge took a key out of his pocket. 'It will be his ghost . but he has changed very much. He has been taken to the house of an old servant in Paris. for eighteen years!' 'Can it be true? Is it possible that my father is still alive?' Lucie Manette stared at Mr Lorry. sat inside the shop. Her face was white and her hands trembled. because they were so hungry.not him!' 'No.' said Mr Lorry gently. knitting and watching. talking to a man in the street. 'He is a free man now. a man of about sixty and a young lady. knitting and watching. many stairs.' replied Defarge angrily. Defarge came in and his wife looked at him. Even his name had been forgotten! And we must ask no questions about the past. the food-shops were Madame Defarge sat inside the wine-shop. and led them out of the back of the shop. Madame Defarge. The faces of the children looked old already.

and he went back to work making shoes. 'I am afraid of him . 'And there are many other reasons why Dr Manette should leave France now. but there was no surprise. Tell him your name.' said Lucie. tears of happiness and sadness running down her face. 'It is the same. 'I think we should leave Paris at once. I am still working.' whispered Miss Manette. making shoes. After a while he noticed her. The old prisoner looked up at Mr Lorry. A thin. From a little bag the old man took some golden hair. Lucie sat with her father.' said Defarge. 'One Hundred and Five.' said Mr Lorry. He was very busy. 'No. of course. Slowly Lucie came near to the old man. North Tower.A Tale of Two Cities A wine-shop in Paris That is one of the things they have done to him. 'You have a visitor.' Mr Lorry moved closer to the old man. 'But do you think he is able to travel?' 'He will be better far away from this city where he has lost so much of his life. Through her tears Lucie tried to explain that she was the daughter he had never seen. too young. He looked at it. 'Who are you?' he asked. How can it be?' He stared into Lucie's face.' 'My name?' came the whisper.' 'I'm afraid. don't you remember me. Her blue eyes looked worriedly at Mr Lorry.' 6 Lucie put her arms around the old man and held him. no understanding in his tired face. 'You are still working hard. 'Good day. 'You are right. Mr Lorry and Lucie went into the room behind him. 'Yes. whitehaired man was sitting on a wooden seat.' said Defarge. Then Lucie said to Mr Lorry. no. too.' 'Come. Jarvis Lorry?' he asked gently.of my father. The old man still did not understand. 'Dr Manette.' said Defarge. Can you arrange it?' 'Yes. and then he looked at Lucie's hair.' While Mr Lorry and Defarge went to arrange for a coach to take them out of Paris. I see. but he seemed to like the sound of Lucie's voice and the touch of her warm young hand on his.' Defarge made a lot of noise as he opened the door.' After a while they heard a whisper. Lucie put her arms around the old man and held him. Exhausted by 7 . you are too young.

'Oh. Miss Manette.' When they went to the coach. he was. or had been. and knitted and watched. Next the young lady spoke. Trials at the Old Bailey were usually for very dangerous criminals. and ugly building.. and the people who worked there all seemed old and dusty. 'He was very good and kind to my father and to me. no question of that. 'They'll hang him. The young lady seemed very sad when she looked at the prisoner. Not an English name. of course he had not put the lists there himself. 'One Hundred and Five. and seeing nothing. The Doctor did everything they told him to do. Yes. She said that she had met the prisoner on the boat which had carried her and her father from France to England. who carried messages for people in the bank. and her father. As he came down the stairs. and the prisoner that morning was a young man of about twenty-five. he had been used to obeying orders for so many years. did you see him show them any papers. too. only one person saw them go: Madame Defarge.' she said. Mr Lorry heard him say again and again. dark. a gentleman with very white hair.A Tale of Two Cities A trial in London .' 'Now.' 'What's his name?' 'Darnay. travels from England to France and tells the French King secret information about our English army. and the first person who spoke against Charles Darnay was called John Barsad. he and Defarge brought food and clothes for Dr Manette. One morning in March 1780. Jerry had to go to the Old Bailey to collect an important message from Mr Lorry. and proud to be an Englishman. he was not someone paid to make traps for innocent people. he fell asleep on the floor. When Mr Lorry returned. It smelt of dust and old papers. he was with two French gentlemen. Outside the building sat Jerry Cruncher. he was not a spy himself. 3 A trial in London . No.1780 the meeting. he said. 'Was he travelling alone on the ship?' 'No. he looked around at the crowd inside the Old Bailey and noticed a young lady of about twenty years. seeing everything . 'What's he done?' Jerry asked the doorman quietly.1780 Tellson's Bank in the City of London was an old. She stood in the doorway. He was an honest man. And no.' 'What'll happen if he's guilty?' asked Jerry.' replied the doorman enthusiastically. is it?' While Jerry waited. And in the prisoner's pockets he had seen important plans and lists about the English armies. and held herself close to her father. or anything that looked like a list?' 9 . Charles Darnay. and his daughter watched him quietly and patiently until it was time to go. he'll have to die. a friend of the prisoner's. North Tower.. 'He's a spy! A French spy!' the doorman told him. well dressed and quite calm. 'He 8 Then the trial began.

But Mr Lorry woke him up and gave him a piece of paper. 'NOT GUILTY' were the words written on it. The lawyers talked and argued. and when at last the trial came to an end.' Questions. wrote some words on a piece of paper. Then one of the lawyers.' said Mr Stryver.' 10 11 .' The red-haired man was very confident. 'I'd always be able to recognize him. red-haired man spoke. 'J must ask you to look at the gentleman over there. and finally. questions! The trial went on.1780 'No.' said the man. 'Are you quite sure that the prisoner is the man you saw?' Mr Stryver asked the red-haired man. 'Have you ever seen anyone like the prisoner?' asked Mr Stryver. the lawyer who was speaking for Mr Damay. Jerry Cruncher had fallen asleep. I didn't see anything like that. 'it is so easy to find a man like the prisoner that we can even find one in this room. 'Well then. 'Quite sure. 'Don't you think that he is very like the prisoner?' Everyone in the court could see that Sydney Carton and Charles Damay were indeed very similar.' said Mr Stryver. and Jerry hurried back to Tellson's Bank with the message. pointing to Sydney Carton. questions. and gave it to Mr Stryver. So how can you be so sure that it was the prisoner you saw in that hotel?' And the red-haired man said not another word. a small.A Tale of Two Cities A trial'in London . 'Then I must ask you to look at the gentleman over there. He told the judge that he had seen Mr Damay at a hotel in a town where there were many soldiers and ships. a man called Sydney Carton.

'would those blue eyes of Miss Manette look at me.' 'Well. at these times only his daughter Lucie. 'you have no reason to like me. Soon they drove off in a coach. 'My father.' he answered slowly. I'll have another bottle of wine. And as you are paying for me. Miss Pross. and to be standing here. now a free man. whom he loved so much.' After Damay had left. His hair was white. but he was not good at discovering important facts and details. Carton drank some more wine and looked at himself in the mirror.' said Carton. Dr Manette no longer looked like the man in the room above Defarge's wine-shop five years ago. 'to be a free man Mr Stryver. 'How sad and worried Miss Manette was for you today! She's a very beautiful young woman. talking to a man who looks just like you. a strange expression came over Dr Manette's face.' he whispered to himself. 'If I changed places with Damay. Sometimes his face became dark and sad when he remembered the years in the Bastille prison. Mr Jarvis Lorry. Let us go out and eat together. He was Mr Stryver's assistant. could help him. and then Mr Stryver and Mr Lorry walked away. but his eyes were bright and he stood straight and strong. For a few moments there was dislike. 12 13 . and people thought how clever he was. His Lucie cleverness and his hard work in the law only made others. don't you think?' Damay did not reply to what Carton had said. But I hope that you will allow me to pay the bill for both of us. like Mr Stryver.' 'Of course. Every night Carton studied the many papers that lawyers have to read. As they stood there talking. and his life was unhappy and friendless. They had one servant. met his friends: Dr Manette and his daughter Lucie.' He drank another bottle of wine and fell asleep. And every day Stryver asked these questions. He drank too much. putting her hand on his arm. 'I don't want your thanks. but he had never been successful for himself.' After they had eaten.' replied Carton. And I don't think I like you. and Mr Carton.' said Lucie softly. He remembered Manette's worried face when she watched Damay in court. especially when these details were hidden in a lot of papers. leaving Mr Damay and Mr Carton alone. Carton said softly. but he thanked him for his help at the trial. Carton knew that he was a clever lawyer. but was so different. in the same way? No. In fact. successful and rich. He was staring at Charles Damay. but he did not seem to see him.1780 Sydney Carton seemed to be a man who did not care about anyone or anything. it's too late now. 'I have done nothing. Stryver was good at speaking at a trial. no. even fear in his eyes. he did most of the real work for Mr Stryver. 'It must be strange for you. 'shall we go home now?' 'Yes. and that he was a good and honest man. and he wrote down the questions which Stryver should ask at the next day's trial.A Tale of Two Cities A triab in London . He was angry because Damay looked so much like him. In a quiet street not far away was the house where Dr Manette and Lucie lived. Outside the Old Bailey Mr Damay. again.' said Damay.

one of the coach wheels hit something. Very soon the coach was driving fast out of Paris. The Marquis looked back at them in bored dislike. and the people in the street screamed loudly. came regularly to the house. they were no more than animals. The horses were frightened and stopped. A tall man had picked something up from under the feet of the horses and was crying loudly over it. sharp voice. 'Nobody is good enough for my darling Lucie.' Mr Lorry had a very high opinion of Miss Pross. Monsieur the Marquis. At the corner of a street in Saint Antoine. looking Miss Pross seemed at first sight a very alarming person. Miss Pross had red hair and a quick. comfortable life. This did not please Miss Pross at all. who to would do anything 4 The Marquis of Evremonde The Marquis of Evrernonde was a disappointed man. and in the months after the trial. I hope my horses are Lorry. 'I can't understand. the Marquis got into his coach and told the driver to take him home.' he said coldly. But everybody knew that she was in fact a warm-hearted and unselfish friend. who had become a close family friend. but he wasn't brave enough to argue that two visitors were not 'hundreds'. if they could.A Tale of Two Cities who had taken care of Lucie since she was a child. To him. 'Why is that man making that terrible noise?' asked the Marquis impatiently. 'why you people cannot take care of yourselves and your children. Dr Manette was now well enough to work as a doctor. Mr out of the window of the coach. It is his child. Angrily.' she told Mr Lorry one day. 'What has gone wrong?' asked the Marquis calmly. and the people in the narrow streets had to run to get out of the way. and Miss Pross led a quiet. 'and I don't like all these hundreds of visitors. but the King had not spoken to him. He had waited for hours at the palace of the King of France. 15 . 'I'm sorry. silent faces. Mr Darnay and Mr Carton were also frequent visitors. guard her darling Lucie from trouble or danger. Lucie. and seemed at first sight a very alarming person. Nobody argued with Miss Pross if they could avoid it. The people in the street came close to the coach and looked at the Marquis with stony.' said one of the people. and he. 'Dead! Killed!' screamed the man. who always looked very cross when they came.

'Drive on. The man came up to the coach. and he threw Defarge another gold coin. 'What is your name?' 'They call me Defarge. hat in hand. and the other villagers moved closer to listen. Just as the coach was leaving.' he called to his driver. 'Bring that man to me. Later that day.' said the Marquis. Another man came forward. 'I passed you on the road just outside the village.' 'This is for you.' And he threw a gold coin to his driver. with thin hungry faces.A Tale of Two Cities The Marquis of Evremonde not hurt. Your child has died quickly.' said the Marquis from his coach. and drove on. Defarge had gone. in poor thin clothes. 'Give this to that man!' 'Dead!' shouted the father of the child again. The Marquis looked angrily at the corner where Defarge had been standing. the same coach stopped in a village near the Marquis's castle. 'Be brave. Why was that?' 'Dead!' shouted the father of the child. At the corner there now stood a large.' said the Marquis.' he said to his driver. a coin was thrown back in through the window. Several villagers. were standing in the village square. She stared long and hard at the face of the Marquis. but he did not look at her. and without pain.' 'You are a sensible man. The Marquis looked at their faces and then pointed to one of them. Gaspard. 16 17 . It is better to die like that than to go on living in these terrible times. dark-haired woman. 'You were looking at my coach in a very strange way. knitting. as the sun was going down.

' 'No. Our miserable people own nothing.' replied the servant. I shall see you in the morning. he heard the sound of a coach outside.' said the Marquis.' Damay said to his uncle. This was Monsieur Gabelle.' 'I believe you know another Frenchman who has found a safe home there.' doubtless send me to prison. had arrived from England. he ran away down the hill outside the village. 'The man who was holding on under your coach.} A Tale of Two Cities The Marquis of Euremonde 'Monsieur. Sleep well. no.' the Marquis said. 'What was he like?' 'Oh. cruel landowners. sir. I had nothing to do with your problems. and go and live somewhere else.' 'The name of our family is hated everywhere in France. the Marquis's official in the village. 1was looking at the man. A 'If it still had that power.' said the Marquis. he asked if his nephew. Monsieur.' said the Marquis with a secret smile on his face.' The Marquis turned to speak to another man. 'watch out for this man. For the good of our family.' came the reply. 'Gabelle. They work for us night and day.' said the poor man. 'So. Just like a ghost. Perhaps because of you. put him in prison. 'What man?' asked the Marquis angrily. polite smile. 'Unfortunately. he was white from head to foot. If this land became mine. 'Not yet.' 'Where is he now? What happened to him?' 'Oh. Soon his nephew entered the room. trembling with fear. 'You've been away for a long time. but as the Marquis was eating his dinner. 1would give it away. Doctor. We are hard.' said the Marquis.' replied the Marquis coldly. 'I was in great danger. Charles.' 'You seem to be very fond of England. 1 believe?' 'Yes. 'Possibly. If he comes here.' 'With a daughter?' 'Yes. Monsieur Charles. But you are tired. with his cold. 18 19 . 'I've had many problems in England. In England he was known as Charles Damay. All covered with dust.' said Damay. although you are not a rich man there. but they don't even have enough food for themselves and their children. a new way of life begins. one word from you would 'You seem to be very fond of England. our family no longer has the power that it once had. Goodnight.' 'Yes.' When the Marquis arrived at his castle.

He had loved Lucie Manette from the time when his life was in danger in the Old Bailey. with enough good food to eat. I love Lucie. 'Dr Manette.' said Darnay. Dr Manette was now strong in body and mind. The castle was surrounded with darkness. over the twelve months. and he was successful. He had known. slowly.' 21 . like stone. Dear Dr Manette. 'Do you want to speak to me about Lucie?' asked the Doctor. But one day in the summer he came to Dr Manette's home in London. the Marquis went to his room. he had never seen a face so beautiful as hers. but he had said nothing to Lucie of his feelings. The death of his uncle in France had become. I love your daughter dearly. But I have come here today to speak to you.' There was a silence. Charles Darnay had become a successful teacher of French in London. The people in the castle did not get up until later. with a knife pushed into his heart.A Tale of Two Cities After his nephew had gone to bed. He lay there. When Darnay arrived. nor of what had happened. and he had decided to speak to her father. But he had never spoken to her about his love. but when they did. He was also in love. On his chest lay a piece of paper with the words: 'Drive him fast to his grave. and sad memories of his long years in prison did not come back to him often. 'I know that Lucie is out. He had good reason for this. when he came to London. Early in the morning the dreamers awoke and started their day's hard work. that he would have to work hard to earn his living. 'Yes. If there was ever love in the world. This is from JACQUES. He knew that Lucie was out with Miss Pross. and time to rest from their work. In the villages nearby the hungry people dreamt of a better life. the Doctor welcomed him warmly. He had never heard a sound so sweet as her gentle voice. why did the great bell start ringing? Why did people run out of the castle to the village as fast as they could? 5 Two men speak of love Twelve months after the death of the Marquis in France. like a dream to him.' Why did people run out of the castle to the village as fast as they could? The answer lay in the bed of the Marquis.

' It was dark when Darnay left Dr Manette. never.' 'Thank you.A Tale of Two Cities Two men speak of love 'I believe you.' 'Stop!' said the Doctor. but on that day she noticed something different in his face. and his eyes were full of fear. but there were strange sounds coming from her father's bedroom. 1 love Lucie. Mr Carton?' she asked. 1 know that she would never accept me if she believed that it would make you unhappy. But 1do not want to come between you and her.' he said. and pain. 'Aren't you well. 'I don't want to know. gratefully. Dr Manette. you will not speak against me. and will tell her what 1 have said. but 1 believe you.' said Lucie gently. With all my heart 1love her. Then he looked back at Darnay. 1know how much your daughter means to you.' said Lucie. Miss Manette. 'where are you?' She heard no answer. Although Mr Carton visited Dr Manette's house quite often. Mr Carton. He had even put his hands over his ears. She had always been a little shy with him. there is something that 1want to say to you. Miss Manette. 22 23 . probably not. One day in August he arrived when Dr Manette was out and he was received by Lucie. and your love for her. these are the greatest things in your life. you shall tell me on the morning of your marriage. but my way of life is not good for my health. but 1find it so difficult. Charles.' For a moment Dr Manette turned his head away.' 'I can promise you more than that. and why 1 am in England. Charles. 'Have you any reason to believe that Lucie loves you?' 'None!' 'Then what do you want from me?' 'A promise. he usually said very little when he was there. My name in England is not my real name. and tried to smile. Tell me when 1 ask you. she ran upstairs and found her father. Her love for you. and it was some time later when Lucie and Miss Pross came home. She took his arm and spoke gently to him. 'Father. 'No. but she was pale and trembling. and together they walked up and down for a long time until at last Dr Manette went quietly to bed. The shadow of the Bastille had fallen on him again. 1 shall never be better than 1 am. 'Why do you not change your way of life?' 'It's too late for that. 'It's very hard for me to speak of her at any time. The two of you will never be separated because of me. Will you listen to me?' 'If it will help you.' Lucie called. 'There is one thing more.' said Dr Manette sadly. Frightened. If Lucie ever tells me that she loves you. pale and silent.' 'That seems sad. But. 1 will be happy to listen to you. Dr Manette. busy at his old prison work of making shoes. 1 want to tell you what my real name is. Have you spoken to Lucie about your love?' 'No. and in hers. 'You have spoken very honestly. A promise that if Lucie ever tells you that she loves me. If Lucie agrees to marry you.' said Darnay. 1shall give her to you. Charles Darnay.

Miss Manette. it will be a happy memory for me that my last words of love were to you.' 'Mr Carton.' Lucie had never heard Mr Carton speak like this before.' On the day of Lucie's marriage to Charles Darnay. He 'It has been a last dream of my heart. Miss Manette. My bad habits will never change now. and that you were kind and gentle towards me. the Doctor and Mr Darnay had been talking together for a long time. miserable life. 'This is your secret. But tell me that you will never speak of what I have said today.' said Sydney Carton. outside the door of Dr Manette's room. But you should know that for you. with Lucie. I would only make you sad. 'Don't cry. 'Only this. and Mr Lorry watched her proudly. so long ago.' said Lucie. Mr Carton. it is too late. A Tale of Two Cities Two men speak of love 'Miss Manette. Soon it would be time to leave for the church. a man who has spent his life so badly. I would do anything. Please remember always. I know that you could never have feelings of love for me. 'Even if it was possible for you to love me. Miss Pross. He talked about the day. and destroy your life. Mr Lorry and Miss Pross stood.' 'Thank you.. No one will ever know of it from me. as a baby in his arms. not even to the person dearest to you. from France to England.this has brought back old and happier memories for me. not to anyone.' 'No. To see you and your father together. Try again to change. I shall never speak of this again. 'I am not worth your love. Let me remember that I spoke to you of the feelings of my heart.' said Carton.' 24 25 . when he had brought Lucie. that there is a man who would give his life to keep someone you love alive and close to you.' 'Oh. But in the hour of my death. or for anyone close to you. Tears came to her eyes as she thought of his hopeless. it is too late for me. Miss Manette.' 'Can I do nothing to help you?' asked Lucie sadly. Miss Manette. Mr Carton. too. Miss Manette. Goodbye. had her memories and thought fondly of her brother Solomon. to see the home that you have made for him . can I not save you? Can I not help you?' 'No. But it has been a last dream of my heart. Inside. Lucie looked very beautiful.' 'Even without my love.

Then at last. and Dr Alexandre Manette. was his old self again. Lucie Manette and Charles Damay were married. He took his daughter's arm and they went out to the waiting coach. eat. which worried Mr Lorry very much. Mr Lorry sat with him night and day. The others followed in a second coach and soon. Lucie was never told. A little sadness was natural. but there was a lost. trying to bring his friend's mind back to the present. pale but calm. and Miss Pross met him at the door. my dear friend.the first time they had not been together since his return from Paris. he whispered to Miss Pross that he would return as quickly as he could. frightened look in the Doctor's eyes. and then Lucie had to say goodbye to her father for two weeks . When he left to go to Tellson's Bank. but she still loved him. The door of the Doctor's room opened and he came out with Charles Damay. Don't you remember me?' But Dr Manette said nothing and worked on in silence. tt i I For nine days and nine nights the shoemaker worked on. he was a prisoner in the Bastille. what shall we do. 26 . and in the quiet and happy years that followed her marriage. talking gently to him from time to time. on the tenth morning. without even a name of his own. Two hours later he hurried back to the house. Mr Lorry noticed a change in the Doctor. without friends or family. but he was calm. After the marriage Lucie and Charles came back to the house for breakfast. 'Oh. in a nearby church. or walk up and down his room. Look at me. For nine days and nine nights the shoemaker worked on. and is making shoes again!' Mr Lorry went up to the Doctor's room. The Doctor's face was white. Mr Lorry?' she cried. 'He doesn't know me. When Lucie and Charles had left. Dr Manette remained strong in mind and body.A Tale of Two Cities Two men speak of love had stolen money from her many years ago and she had never seen him since then. the shoemaking work was put away. 'Dr Manette. leaving his table only to sleep. Once again.

'No names. but more often they came to listen and to talk.' 'Is the list safe?' asked Jacques Two.' Defarge said to his wife.Stormy years in France 6 Stormy years in France In Monsieur Defarge's wine-shop in Saint Antoine customers came and went all the time. This is Jacques Five. rough wine. 'Yes. You are Jacques One. Defarge spoke to them. Gaspard disappeared and was only caught a few weeks ago. He ran away. whose child was killed by the Marquis's coach a year ago. And they have left his body hanging in the village square.' One customer got up and went out. is a good man. and to wait for news. I am Jacques Four. One day there were more customers than usual. 'Have you finished. Give him something to drink. all of them. my friend?' said Defarge. They came to drink the thin. 'Then come and see the room I promised you. Jacques Two and Jacques Three.' said Jacques Five. He brings us news of our poor friend Gaspard.' continued Defarge. The castle and all of the family of Evrernonde.' 'I first saw Gaspard.' 'And they have left his body hanging in the village square. Jacques One said to his friends. 'this man. The three men who had left the wine-shop were waiting. to the room where Dr Manette had sat making shoes. and our children play. The soldiers brought him into the village and hanged him. Defarge had been away for three days. my friend. he brought a stranger with him. 'My wife remembers 28 29 . has walked a long way with me.' They went upstairs. who is called Jacques. but that night the Marquis was murdered. and when he returned that morning. The man who repaired roads sat down and drank. 'Madame.' A second man got up and went out. a man who repaired roads.' said Defarge. A third man got up and went out. 'who is called Jacques. where the women go to fetch water. 'What do you say? Shall we put their names on the list?' 'Yes. 'holding on under the Marquis's coach as it drove into our village. 'This mender of roads.' When Jacques Five had left them.

'Good day. 'You're wrong. 'Can it be true? If it is. Monsieur Defarge.' said the spy easily.' said Defarge. I know who you are.' Monsieur Defarge was not happy at this news. but he prefers to live unknown in England. The people are so poor. thin face. 'Good day. 'Business is bad. 'I'll put him on the list tomorrow.' 'No. Nothing can be forgotten. thin face.' replied Madame Defarge. But more than that. every name is carefully knitted into her work.' 'Good day.' 'Who knows what will happen?' replied Madame Defarge. the customers stopped talking and. and the thin hungry faces of Jacques and his brothers became darker and angrier. Miss Manette has married the nephew of the Marquis that Gaspard killed.' Madame Defarge 30 looked over to the door. The crimes against the people of France cannot be revenged in a day.' 'She was married recently. just Mr Charles Darnay. 'Ah. here is my husband. The 31 . He's not a Marquis there. black hair. 'A new spy has been sent to Saint Antoine.' said Defarge. but to herself she said. 'Good. 'it is a long time. Monsieur. without hurrying.' She went on calmly knitting. 'That's not my name. 'I only know that the name of Evrernonde is in my list. one by one. tall. adding name after name to her list of the enemies of the people. 'Have you heard much from Dr Manette and his daughter? They're in England now. he said to his wife. quite tall.' said the spy.' 'What does he look like? Do we know?' 'He's about forty years old. I hope that Miss Manette keeps her husband away from France.' said Madame Defarge. You took care of Dr Manette when he came out of the Bastille. When the spy had gone. The women of Saint Antoine also knitted. 'About forty years old. His name is Barsad.' said the stranger. Madame.' A few days later Defarge reported to his wife some news from his friend 'Jacques' in the police.' 'Even if that happens. and Madame Defarge still knitted. Madame Defarge picked up a rose from the table and put it in her hair. not for a long time. At once. Tune passed. left the wine-shop. Yes. It's quite interesting when you remember poor Gaspard.A Tale of Two Cities Stormy years in France everything. 'I remember something about you.' said Defarge. John Barsad.' said his wife. staring at him.' 'It's all the same. And sad.' 'That's true. As soon as they saw this.' 'Well. Not to an Englishman.' said Defarge. But I believe that we shall see the day of our revenge against these hated noblemen.' 'It takes time to prepare for change.' 'Is business good?' asked the stranger. 'we shall help it to come. Jacques. Her new husband is really the new Marquis. Mr John Barsad. He's English.' The next day a stranger came into the wine-shop. but to a Frenchman. But you seem tired tonight. I am Ernest Defarge. black hair.' 'But we may not live to see the end. and for good reason.

It began one summer day in the streets of Saint Antoine. and Defarge and Jacques Three went with him through the dark prison. knives.' said the frightened man. women!' cried Madame Defarge. until they came to a low door. 'Show me the North Tower. North Tower! Quickly!' 'Follow me. Then a white flag appeared above the walls and the gates were opened. Defarge Soon the hated prison was ringing with the noise of battle. like the waves of the sea. sticks. even stones . past heavy closed doors. who were ready to fight and to die in battle. 32 33 . 'Friends and citizens!' shouted Defarge. A long sharp knife shone brightly in her hand. 'We can kill as well as any man!' The living sea of angry people ran through Saint Antoine to the Bastille. and soon the hated prison was ringing with the noise of battle. 'Follow me. with dark stone walls and only one very small window.anything that could be a weapon. An angry crowd who shouted and screamed. up stone stairs. Fire and smoke climbed up the high stone walls and the thunder of the guns echoed through the city. It was a small room. with a great crowd of people.A Tale of Two Cities Stormy years in France noise of the coming storm in Paris was growing louder. and shouting 'Free the prisoners!' But Defarge put his strong hand on the shoulder of one of the soldiers. around Defarge's wine-shop. Take me to One Hundred and Five. The Bastille had been taken by the people of Paris! Soon the crowds were inside the building itself. too high for anyone to look out. 'We are ready! To the Bastille!' The crowd began to move. Four terrible and violent hours. A crowd who carried guns.

and turned to look at the Marquis's castle on the hill. the land.' said Defarge to his wife. the houses. and now they used it. Alexandre Manette. Some had escaped to England. and the people wanted revenge. In the village where the Marquis had lived. But soon the castle itself could be seen in the dark sky. it has begun. The road-mender.' said the stranger.M. like the people. The Bastille and its officers were now in the hands of the people. life was hard. 'A. the animals. One day a stranger came to him as he worked on the road outside the village.their heads cut off by that terrible new machine of death. In Paris the King was put in prison. smoke and yellow flames climbed into the sky. strangers were travelling about the country. the Guillotine. but there were more years of terror to come. The citizens of France had fought to win power. looking for small hiding- meet me here.!' whispered Jacques. but the people in the village watched and did nothing to save the castle where the Marquis had lived. and blood. 'A. my dear. The windows became bright. Then they returned to the crowds below. still worked repairing the roads. 'At last. It was the fourteenth of July. look there.' It was very dark that night and the wind was strong. Everything was old and tired and broken down . and the rich and powerful nobles died . and where Gaspard had died. but who talked about new ideas . Jacques Three. which the French emigrants used. Jacques. strangers who were poor.ideas which had started in Paris and were now running like fire across the country. had become a meetingplace where they could hear and talk about the latest news from France.' he went on quietly. Monsieur Gabelle called loudly for help. 'The others will 34 35 . Castles were burned.' said Defarge softly. 'Let us go now. No one saw the four men who came quietly to the castle and said nothing.A Tale of Two Cities A call for help looked carefully along the walls. 'Jacques. In the past everything and everybody had had to work for the Marquis.the people. And Tellson's Bank. who had brought the news of Gaspard to Paris. But now. 'There. 7 A call for help The troubles in France continued.' But before they left. and he had given nothing in return. Not all the rich nobles had died. 'It's tonight.M. some had even sent or brought their money to London before the Revolution began. He shook the road-mender's hand. very carefully. laws were changed. 1789. and in 1792 the people of France sent him to the Guillotine as well.' he cried. they searched the room and the furniture places. The French Revolution was now three years old.

wife. and a kind-hearted friend.' Just at that moment a bank clerk put an old. at Tellson's Bank. little Lucie. But you are. with your family. I'm not going to France.' said Damay. But at this moment Charles Darnay was trying very hard persuade his old friend Mr Lorry not to go to 'That would be very kind. 'You think that.' he said.' said the banker. think of your age. Jerry Cruncher goes with me.a loving daughter. But that's exactly why I must go. The weather is not good. 'We can't find this Marquis. when I was talking to Lucie-' 'Talking to Lucie. 'You talk about your lovely wife at the same time as you talk about going to France. Dr Manette had continued in good health. Even Sydney Carton.and very much a favourite with little Lucie. the roads are bad. France. though his old. Only last night. was a family friend . I have the experience. 'It's too dangerous. London. I'm too old. and Damay happened to see the name on it: The Marquis of Evn!monde. 37 .' 'I wish I could go. talking to Charles Darnay. Not even Lucie or Mr Lorry knew. and perhaps I could help them. but the Doctor had made him promise to keep his name secret.A Tale of Two Cities A call for help letter on Mr Lorry's desk. 'I know where to find him.' said Charles restlessly. 'My dear Charles. and at the centre of that warm family circle was always Lucie . who was now nine years old.' said the clerk. at nearly eighty years of age. The years since Charles's marriage had seen the arrival of a daughter. You must not go. And anyway.' said Mr Lorry. Your life is here.' 'Well. and I'm worried about you. 'Shall I take the letter?' to One wet August day Mr Lorry sat at his desk in the bank.' repeated Mr Lorry.' said Darnay. mother. My work is to find and hide papers that might be dangerous to our customers. bad ways were unchanged. this was Darnay's real name. On the morning of his wedding to Lucie he had told Dr Manette. I know the business. 'I feel sorry for the people in France. He'll take good care of myoid bones. unopened 36 '1 know where to find him. Since his uncle's death.

Damay found that he could travel only very.' said the official. They say only that I worked for an emigrant. looked at their papers. 'You will go to the prison of La Force!' 'But why?' asked Damay. Evrernonde. On his third night in France he was woken by an official and three other men with guns. He hoped that he would be able to save his old servant. but finally they arrived safely at the gates of Paris. Dr Manette. You will be held in secret. seeing Gabelle's letter. And then he began his journey to Paris. Damay opened the letter. 'Emigrant. After the death of the Marquis. It was from Monsieur Gabelle. He kissed his wife and his daughter. made them wait or threw them in prison. writing two letters. asked them questions.the new Freedom of France. which explained the reasons for his journey. 'Are you Evremonde?' 'Yes. not an enemy of the people. and he promised that he would write to them from France. looked up at Damay in great surprise. When he arrived in France. Another official asked roughly. Damay soon realized that he could not turn back until he had reached Paris and proved himself to be a good citizen. He did not think that he would be in danger. 'These three soldiers will take you to Paris. once the Marquis I am in prison. turned them back or sent them on their way. And it was all done in the name of freedom . please help me. Take him away. without saying anything to them of his plans. Lucie. It was clear to Damay that he must go to Paris. and said that he would be back soon.' said the official sharply.' 39 38 . Monsieur. who had been arrested and taken to Paris. but said nothing. The next day he went out. very slowly towards Paris. and I have done this. He told them where he had gone and why. The roads were bad and every town. One was to his wife. to save them from worrying. just because he was employed by a nobleman. the people in the towns and villages all seemed to be very angry with emigrants. I beg you! This cry for help made Damay very unhappy. because I worked for a landowner who has left France. he wrote.' replied Damay.' Damay could only obey and at three o'clock in the morning he left with three soldiers to guard him. the other was to her father. as he had done everything he could to help the people of his village. That night Charles Damay sat up late. He had left secretly. and you must pay them. 'Under what law?' 'We have new laws. he had told Gabelle to do his best for the people. every village had its citizens with guns who stopped all travellers. But now Gabelle was in prison. Even with them he was sometimes in danger. and where is that emigrant? Oh Monsieur. and I may lose my life. One official. But no one believes me. Damay had to wait a long time while officials carefully read his papers.A Tale of Two Cities A call for help As soon as he had left the bank. You told me to work for the people and not against them. 'and emigrants have no rights.

too.' In Saint 'Yes. in the Bastille. have been buried alive. 'My name is Defarge and I have a wine-shop Antoine. He thought of Dr Manette and his many years alone. the first official said quietly to him. Perhaps you have heard of me. and was now living in some rooms above the bank. close to the heart of the city. he saw that a large grindstone had been brought into the square below. My wife came to your house to find her father. One evening. But he's been taken to prison. when suddenly the door of his room opened.' 'Why did you come back to France? It will be very bad for you. forgotten.' he thought. looking out of the window. busy sharpening their knives and swords and axes. which were already red with blood. 40 41 .' replied Darnay in surprise. 'Now I. and Lucie and her father ran in. 'Lucie! Manette! What has happened? Why are you here?' cried Mr Lorry.' cried Lucie.' Darnay was taken to the prison of La Force and put in a cold empty room with a locked door and bars across the windows. Mr Lorry closed the window. Mr Lorry had arrived in Paris some days before Charles Darnay. There was a wild. 'Charles is in Paris. 'He came to help an old family servant.A Tale of Two Cities In the hands of the citizens As Darnay left. shouting crowd around it. He had decided to go downstairs and talk to the bank guards.' The crowd around the grindstone were busy sharpening their knives and swords and axes. 8 In the hands of the citizens Tellson's Bank in Paris was in a large building south of the river. 'Are you the man who married the daughter of Dr Manette?' 'Yes. With shaking hands.

I must talk with your father at once. and Lucie felt frightened of her. but it meant so much to Lucie. Mr Lorry watched from the window as the Doctor talked to the crowd. Dearest . Together they waited all night for news. 'Quick. don't look outside. 42 43 . talk to them.A Tale of Two Cities In the hands of the citizens At that moment the shouts of the crowd outside grew louder.' 'Even so.' said Mr Lorry happily. and returned worriedly to Tellson's. and go to La Force. and Mr Lorry led them to Lucie's rooms. and your father has some power here. Take Defarge to Lucie. He left Jerry Cruncher with them as a guard. are murdering the prisoners. Where is Charles?' 'In the prison of La Force. They went downstairs and at the front door found Madame Defarge.' said the Doctor. but I cannot leave this place yet. Only a short letter. The Doctor had written. 'Don't look out!' cried Mr Lorry. You must go to one of the rooms here and wait. I am well. she kissed the hands of Defarge and his wife. Everybody knows about me and how I suffered. I come from Dr Manette. 'These people outside. He heard shouts of 'Long live the Bastille prisoner! Help his friend in La Force!' Mr Lorry went to Lucie and found her with her daughter and Miss Pross. serious man came to see him. Without a word. you can do nothing tonight. Charles is safe.' said Mr Lorry. Madame Defarge said nothing. 'Come with me. Gratefully. but none came. before it is too late!' Dr Manette hurried outside. Defarge gave Lucie a note from her husband. Quick. At the end of the day a strong. they gave us news of Charles. she joined them. There. Lucie kissed the hands of Defarge and his wife. Manette. Tell them who you are. In the morning Mr Lorry found rooms for Lucie and her family in a quiet street near the bank.' Lucie kissed him and left the room. knitting. If you are so well known. but kiss our child for me. her hand was cold and heavy. he gave me this. 'What is that noise?' asked the Doctor.' Defarge gave him a piece of paper. Already people want to help me. 'I am safe in Paris. if you have this power. 'My friend. 'My name is Defarge.' 'La Force! Dear Lucie.be brave. You cannot answer this. Gratefully. with their bloody knives. 1 was a prisoner in the Bastille.

' said Madame Defarge.A Tale of Two Cities In the hands of the citizens Miss Pross came in with little Lucie. Each day Lucie did not know if her husband would live or die. He was able to see Damay regularly. for many years. afraid. 'I beg you. and the good. 'Yes. Lucie turned to Mr Lorry. as a wife and mother.' said Mr Lorry. 'That is our poor prisoner's little daughter. Inside the prison Dr Manette had come before a Tribunal. the innocent. many people . and the Doctor could not set Damay free. She lived every moment in great fear. but he was also very worried. One year and three months passed and Damay was still in prison. he did not say anything. He became Darnay was still in prison.the powerful and the cruel. which was a group of judges appointed by the people.' she whispered. 'Is that his child?' asked Madame Defarge. During that time eleven hundred prisoners were killed by the people. Dr Manette now had an official job as doctor to three prisons and was able to visit Darnay regularly. The Guillotine. among so many?' As the Defarges left. stopping her knitting to stare. 'You will be good to my husband?' asked Lucie. Mr Lorry held her hands. Dr Manette told the Tribunal that he had been a prisoner in the Bastille for eighteen years. What is one more. 'We can go now.' 'It is enough. 'And we have seen many husbands and fathers put in prison. Dr Manette seemed to become stronger as he lived through these terrible days. my husband. but noblemen and emigrants were hated by the citizens of new France. but also the beautiful. 44 45 . 'I am more afraid of her than of any other person in Paris. and that his son-in-law was now a prisoner in La Force. Madame.' Her voice was as cold as her hand. but they would not let him leave the prison. The Tribunal had agreed to keep Charles Damay safe from the murdering crowds. that new machine of death. but her father was sure that he could save his sonin-law. The Doctor did not come back from La Force for several days.' 'We have known many wives and mothers.' said Madame Defarge. These judges made their own laws and threw prisoners out into the streets to be murdered by the crowds. doing everything he could to save his daughter'S husband. cut off the heads of many.

But the Guillotine continued to kill. who is called Damay. When he had finished. 'I earn my own living in England. Soon they were carrying Damay in a chair through the streets of Paris to Dr Manette's house. That is the new law of France. that is true. and you must not worry now. you are an emigrant. 'Charles Evremonde. I married a Frenchwoman. safe and happy. I have never wanted or used the name of Marquis. and when she ran out and fell into the arms of her husband. she could not even write to him. So I went to live and work in England. and no one knew what dangers the next day would bring. just arrived from London. and calm reason were never heard at these trials. and was very popular with the crowd. Fifteen prisoners were called before Damay that day. for no reason. 'Cut off his head! He's an enemy of the people!' The President of the judges asked Damay. a prisoner of the Bastille and a well-known friend of all good citizens!' These words had a happy effect on the crowd. There were five judges in the Tribunal.' But Lucie could not see him or visit him.' 'Kill him!' shouted the people.' 'And did you marry in England?' 'Yes. all of them had been condemned to death. As they arrived. and most of the prisoners were sent to the Guillotine.A Tale of Two Cities In the hands of the citizens more and more loved by the rough people of the Revolution. On the day when Charles Damay was at last called for his trial. 'I told you that I would save him.' But Lucie was still worried. surely. and the trials were short and simple. I have saved him. 'Well. All emigrants must die. The daughter of Dr Manette. a man got up and disappeared into another room. the men and women in the crowd kissed one another and danced for happiness.' 46 47 . 'Is it true that you lived many years in England?' 'Yes. So many innocent men and women had died.' As Damay walked in front of the judges. The Doctor spoke well and clearly. Damay and Lucie were together again. and in no more than an hour and a half. which pleased the noisy crowds. the judges decided that the prisoner should be set free. The voices of truth. 'Charles Evremonde. and I did not want to live by the work of the poor people of France. They did not see who it was. long before the Revolution. honesty. 'Try not to worry. 'Nothing can happen to Charles. he tried to remember the careful advice that Dr Manette had given him. Mr Lorry.' replied Damay. Then Monsieur Gabelle and Dr Manette spoke for Charles Damay. I know that I can save him.' said Lucie's father proudly. not in the meaning of the law. A shadow of fear and hate layover France. Those who had shouted for his death now shouted for his life. Lucie was waiting there. 'So you are an emigrant.' replied Damay. and every day brought more deaths. Lucie and Dr Manette hurried to Tellson's Bank to tell 'No.' he told Lucie. and the crowd shouted their agreement loudly. but in fact it was Sydney Carton.

' said Darnay. 'Hide Charles! Save him!' 'My child. Jerry Cruncher was with her. trembling. 'What can this be?' said Lucie.' said the man in a low. He seemed to be made of stone. as Charles did not have the necessary papers. and cried out in a loud voice. dear brother! But whatever are you doing here in Paris?' 'Don't call me Solomon. four rough men pushed their way into the room. Charles and Lucie were sitting together. 'Oh Solomon.' Dr Manette had said nothing. He is a free man!' But when he opened the door. and by one other person. is accused by Monsieur Madame Defarge.' said one of the men. 'But why am 1again a prisoner?' 'You are accused by citizens of Saint Antoine.' replied the man. 'but Citizen Evrernonde. Miss Pross was out shopping for the family. when Dr Manette.' Miss Pross began to cry at these unbrotherly words. 'You mustn't recognize me here. looked at one of the customers. 'It's not safe. 'The Citizen Evremonde.' 'The Citizen Evremonde is again the prisoner of the people. but suddenly he spoke. Go your way. where is he? He is again the prisoner of the people. and 9 The spy While this was happening. and 49 48 . 'Will you tell me who has accused my son-in-law?' 'I shouldn't tell you this. 'I have saved him. You'll get me killed. But that night.' said the Doctor. called Darnay.' 'What other?' 'You will hear that tomorrow. frightened voice. they heard a loud knock at the door. Pay for your wine.' said the man. dear Solomon! I've found you at last.A Tale of Two Cities The spy It was not possible to leave Paris at once. They went outside. and come outside. and they had just gone into a wine-shop when Miss Pross suddenly stopped. and hope to leave as soon as they could. They must live quietly. and let me go mine.' 'I am here.

that's it. 'Don't be alarmed. he had been a spy for the King's officers. 50 51 . What was your name then?' 'Barsad!' said another voice. I remember that.' 'But I was with him only two hours ago.' said Sydney Carton. And I'm not sure that Dr Manette's good name can save him this time.' Carton said to Mr Lorry. or Solomon John? Your sister calls you Solomon.' cried Jerry. 'Oh.A Tale of Two Cities The spy Jerry Cruncher stepped forward to stare in the man's face. called John Barsad. I think you will. 'But I can say more.' After a short argument. And I've decided that you may be able to help me. I followed 'I have to tell you that your brother is a spy. 'Wait a minute.' said Carton.' replied Carton. 'He was safe and free!' 'Even so. 'Yes. tell you that your brother is a spy. Come with me to the office of Mr Lorry. But your other name wasn't Pross at that Old Bailey trial.' said Carton. 'Is your name John Solomon. Most of those on her list had already been killed by the Guillotine.' said Solomon Pross. He knew that Madame Defarge. Barsad. 'Darnay has been arrested again.' 'I will not help you. also Barsad.' said Carton. He turned round and saw Sydney Carton standing behind him. 'and I found out what you do. He could not return to England because he was wanted by the police there. before he became a prison guard for the citizens' revolution. 'That's not true!' 'I saw you come out of the Conciergerie today. smiling at her. Barsad followed him to Mr Lorry's office. 'when you hear what I could say about you. So we must have Mr Barsad's help.' Solomon Pross.' cried Mr Lorry.' said Barsad. Let's think. and Barsad did not want to be next. but he used to be a spy in England.' said Jerry. had knitted his name into her list of enemies of the people. Mr Barsad is a spy. Barsad had more problems than Carton knew. he has been arrested and taken to the Conciergerie. a spy for the French prisons. my dear Miss Pross. And in France. that terrible woman. 'I bring bad news. I know that your name's John. and a prison guard. Mr Barsad. 'But I'm afraid I have to you. went pale. Is he still paid by the English?' 'No one will listen to you. which Carton won.

'For you. 'You're a good friend of Dr Manette and his daughter. Tears filled his eyes as he realized he could do nothing to help Lucie and her father now. 'is not to have a brother like you.' 'But that will not save him. You know what happens if you put them together. citizen. 'Not much. for me.' 'Then don't change your plans. 'Miss Pross is my sister. Sydney Carton felt very sorry for Mr Lorry. It can't help Lucie.' He paused.. I think I will inform the Tribunal that I suspect you of spying for England.. But don't ask me to do anything that will put my life in danger.' cried Mr Lorry sadly. and he thought calmly about the past. 'Come. sir?' 'The best thing for your sister. citizen?' asked the shopkeeper.' replied Carton. aren't you?' said Carton. he listened to the sounds of the River Seine flowing through the heart of the city. where Damay is.' 'Perfectly. Mr Barsad. but don't tell them about me or this meeting. 'Yes. with a life of hard work behind him. 'I never said it would. It's all I could do. He watched the moon rise in the sky. Mr Barsad. 52 . 'I'll help you.' replied Carton. sad eyes. 'but if it goes badly for Damay tomorrow. Later that night Sydney Carton visited a shop in a quiet comer of Paris. let us talk privately in the next room.A Tale of Two Cities The spy 'You seem worried. and he thought about Lucie's gentle.' said Carton smoothly. loving face and her sad. I am sure.' said Carton.' When Mr Carton returned alone. Would you send her brother to his death. He spent the rest of that night walking the streets of Paris.' 'All right. I can visit him once.' said Carton calmly. very seriously. Mr Lorry asked what he had done. because I won't do it. Keep these things separate. and the future.' Barsad said slowly. my work for Tellson's Bank here is finished. I was ready to go tomorrow. I have the necessary papers to leave Paris.' 'You must be careful. You will be condemned at once. 'Will you go back to London soon?' 'Yes. He thought about all the deaths that the city had already seen . The spy turned to Mr Lorry. Carton spent the rest of that night walking the streets of Paris. He wrote on a piece of paper the names of several powders and gave it to the shopkeeper. sir.' 'You're a guard at the Conciergerie prison.' Mr Lorry was an old man now.

'Who has accused Charles Evrernonde again?' 'Three voices. and by Alexandre Manette. Dr Manette stood. though no one saw him standing at the back of the room. Doctor. The love in Lucie's eyes as she looked at her husband warmed Damay's heart. 'President. But Revolution Laws were not as powerful as the anger of the people. I went to the room and.' said the President. When the shouting stopped. It was the only name he had when he came to me in 1775. 'I knew that Dr Manette had been kept in a room known as One Hundred and Five. Charles Damay.' he was told. It had the same effect on Sydney Carton. pale and trembling. hidden in a hole.' There was a great noise in the room when Dr Manette's name was heard. He told how he had been at the Bastille at the beginning of the Revolution.' 55 54 . by Teresa Defarge his wife. The President of the Tribunal asked. Nothing can be more important to a good citizen than the freedom of France. I found a written paper. 'He is accused by Ernest Defarge. this cannot be true.' 'Where is the liar who says that I accuse my daughter's husband?' Defarge came forward to answer questions.The secret paper 10 The secret paper When Charles Damay was led before the Tribunal the next morning. Dr Manette. My daughter and those who are dear to her are far more important to me than my life. It was the same Tribunal who had let Damay go free on the day before. 'be calm. Lucie and Mr Lorry were all there. Where is the liar who says that I accuse my daughter's husband?' 'Citizen Manette. North Tower. It is in Dr Manette's writing. You know that the man who is accused. when that hated prison had been taken by the citizens. is my daughter's husband.

for a moment. but she married him to take care of him. I. the news was too much for his poor heart and he died suddenly. 'I call for you and your brother. They were clearly brothers. they steal our sisters. They made dead where he stood. I was walking by the River Seine and a coach stopped beside me.. The coach left Paris and stopped at a lonely house. He threw some money at me. and my brother . but I made him pull his sword and fight me to save his life. She was also very ill. and my brother!' Then she listened father. I could hear cries coming from a room upstairs. There was a sword wound in his chest and I could see at once that he was dying. and began once again. Two men got out and one asked me if I was Dr Manette. 'Lift me. 'My husband. Alexandre Manette. He turned his face towards two men. tried to buy me like a dog. he seemed to think the boy was less important than a horse or a dog. When I went in. and once the Marquis said to me. When I replied that I was. and made it clear that I could not refuse. Doctor. 'There is another patient. he said loudly. . sister?' It was hard for him to speak. now and in the future. He came here shouting about revenge. 'These rich nobles are cruel to us. Before I could speak. 'Have you seen her . they asked me to go with them. to make her calmer. and the crowd fell silent and listened. I saw a young woman lying on a bed. care to prevent me from learning their name. but her Then I turned to question the But they took The boy's eyes looked at me. took my younger sister to a place where she is safe.A Tale of Two Cities The secret paper 'Read it to us. write this in the Bastille in 1767. nobleman's dropped brother saw her and wanted her husband work night and day without stopping. and their clothes and voices suggested that they were noblemen. and made my brother fight him. they showed me a boy of about seventeen.' said the President.' The boy's Doctor. Then they took my sister I away. She kept crying out.' I gave the girl something feverish screams continued. my have been here for ten long years and I write this in my secret moments. but he cried. She lived for several more days.' The older brother's voice was cold and hard. my 'My husband.' Then he fell back.. My sister loved a man in our village. woman's save her.. and came here to find this man. the older brother. 1757. the older brother said carelessly. dead.' In a different room. She was young and very beautiful. 'I have seen her. The young you have done.' I replied. to pay for what fever continued.' life was going fast. When my father heard what had happened. They destroy our land. and that until he her. I 'He's just a crazy young peasant. But my sister is beautiful. my father. 'How did this happen?' I asked. but I could not and all your family. when I can.' 'Marquis. 'How long these peasants take to die!' 56 57 . he was sick. they take our food. One evening in December.

hearts. these brothers have sent me no news of my family. brought in a stranger. She had brought her son with her. my living but I refused it and was spoken. warned me to keep pocket. saying. Just as I had finished writing my letter. but Barsad was still there. My servant. 'Let me kiss him. showed grave. a long wild cry of anger and revenge. 'It's just for a minute.' she said. As soon as I was outside the house. 'Let her kiss her husband. I did not know and so could not tell her. Sadly. the brothers silent. I have been here for ten long years. But that was how I learnt the brothers' name. what her husband and his brother the wife discovered condemn them in the face of God. I knew that nobles who did unlawful things were usually not punished. a boy about three years old. I do not know if my dear wife is alive or dead. You will you?' The child answered. She said she was of the Marquis of Evrernonde and she had had done. The wife of the Marquis was a good. who asked me to come at once to visit a sick man in the next street. I. a boy called Ernest Defarge. Not a word was here to this prison. and I expected that nothing would happen.' he said. and asked me where she could find her. 'I shall tell my son to continue the search after my death. and burned it. 58 59 . Death for the hated Marquis of Evremonde. When Defarge had finished reading. enemy of the people! The trial was over. one last time. but Darnay pulled him to his feet. deeply unhappy in her marriage.A Tale of Two Cities Madam Deforge's revenge When she was dead. The next day I decided to write to the King's officials. a terrible sound rose from the crowd. 'If I cannot find this poor girl. little Charles. kind woman. Alexandre There is no goodness Manette.' Lucie went over to her husband and he took her in his arms. But I did not realize the danger for myself. in their cruel in my pain and sadness. won't II Madame Defarge's revenge Lucie held out her arms to her husband. Dr Manette followed his daughter and fell on his knees before them.' Most of the citizens had gone out into the streets to shout how they hated the prisoners. They offered me money. Then I was brought taken back to my home. 'Yes!' Later that day I sent my letter to the King's officials and that night there was a knock at my door. the darkness The Evrernonde brothers came out of and the Marquis took my letter out of his remember that. a lady came to see me. I it to me. She wanted to help the younger sister of the girl who had died. and in less than twenty-four hours Charles Darnay would go to the Guillotine. several men took hold of me violently.

She went back to her husband and Jacques Three. for what you did. 'Nor have I. We thank you. 'I must show myself to the people here. we shall meet again. with all our hearts. 'They should know that there is a man like me in the city. Lucie fell to the floor. tears falling from their eyes. Madame Defarge looked at him carelessly at first. whispered a few words.' replied Carton. 'Yes. Everything. he looked like a man who had decided to do something.' he thought. 'He is very much like Evremonde.A Tale of Two Cities Madam Defarge's revenge 'No. And how could that terrible story ever have a happy ending?' He turned to his wife. unconscious. The people would be too angry. in the place where there are no worries. Sydney Carton came quickly forward to help Mr Lorry and Dr Manette. Carton 'He is very much like Euremonde. who had been on the Tribunal that had decided Darnay should die. 1 will return here later.' 'I'll do everything 1can.' He left the house and began to walk quickly towards Saint Antoine. Defarge himself looked at Carton and said. but there is no real hope. no judge in Paris would even try to save him. Doctor. His face was calm and serious.' said Madame Defarge softly. who were talking. because of your love for Lucie.' said Sydney Carton. 'Before 1 go. 1 tried so hard to do what my mother had wished. Now we know how much you suffered. 'My dearest love. Mr Lorry went with Carton to the door. When Carton sat down and asked for a glass of wine. and went into the next room.' As Darnay was taken away. God be with you both. but only a little.' and the three continued their conversation. Then he carried her into the house where her daughter and Miss Pross waited. 'may 1 kiss her?' He touched Lucie's face lightly with his lips. 60 61 . especially when you knew whose son I was. He carried Lucie to her coach and she was taken home. but I never found that poor girl. Then much more carefully. no.' she said softly. But you kept your feelings secret. to see if there is any news. 'I have no hope. 'After today. You must try again to talk to the judges. 'You are still very popular with the citizens.' In Defarge's wine-shop the only customer was Jacques Three.' Dr Manette said.' whispered Mr Lorry sadly.

There is no time. but for the crimes of his father and his uncle. 'it is impossible to escape from this place. 'Madame is right. 12 A change of clothes Charles Damay passed his last night alone in the prison.nine. every one of that family. it was my brother who was killed. holding a warning finger to his lips. He did not recognize his friends. Perhaps he has suffered enough. waiting. They have the necessary papers. Tell others to stop.' 'Carton. but what has happened now is not his fault. where more bad news was waiting for him. and my father. Many lives will depend on it. not for anything he had done wrong.' 'Listen. 'Not until they are all dead. 'You're right. 'Be quiet! 1come from your wife. Keep a place for me in the coach. And it was my family that suffered so much from the Evremonde brothers. He sat down to write to his wife: I knew nothing about the time your father spent in prison until he told me. and so do you.' 63 . You must leave by coach at two o'clock tomorrow. Take off your boots and put on mine. The Doctor's mind had returned to the past once again.' said Madame Defarge coldly. 'Why should we stop at Evrernonde?' 'We must stop somewhere. Put on my shirt. gone for ever. 'Don't forget that I was that younger sister. He went back to Dr Manette's house. The door opened and closed and there stood Sydney Carton. and wanted only to find his old table and to make shoes.' said Defarge.A Tale of Two Cities listened carefully. I am sure that he had forgotten the paper he had written. Promise that you will do exactly what 1have said. but think how much the Doctor has suffered. He knew he must die. I told your father that my real name was Euremonde.' 'I'm not asking you to escape.take them and keep them safe with your own. and one day we shall all meet again in the happier world that comes after death. At one o'clock he heard someone outside the door. They must leave Paris tomorrow. and my sister's husband. and my coat. 'Listen to me carefully. He counted the hours .' '1 promise. eleven. She begs you to do exactly what 1 say.' said his wife. Take care of him and our child.' Carton said to Mr Lorry. and perhaps even her father are in great danger.' said Mr Lorry. while pretending to read a newspaper. Damay did not sleep peacefully that night and in the morning he walked up and down his prison. 1 heard Madame Defarge talking about them tonight. twelve gone for ever. You will only die with me.' said Damay. and don't leave without me. and he made me promise not to tell you. my dear friend. Even then I did not know that it was my family that had been so cruel to him. her daughter. ten. It was my sister who died.' said Jacques Three. Here are mine . He had no hope. 'I believe that Lucie. don't tell me!' Carton paid for his wine and went out quickly on his way. and to ask no questions.

'I know it well. quickly!' 'If you remember. you will understand this when you see it.' 'You?' asked the spy. 'The time is short. my friend. dark room. 'the words we spoke so long ago. Carton quickly dressed himself in Damay's clothes. A minute later Darnay lay unconscious on the ground. You can say that it was too much for him. This is not a reason for sadness. 'Come in now. help me. and go on with this plan to the end? The number must be right.' said Carton quietly. The door of his prison cell opened and a man said. man! Take him to Mr Lorry.' The door closed and Carton was left alone. Evrernonde!' and Carton followed him into a large. Fifty-two prisoners must die today. 'Him. I believe.' As he said this. 'Follow me. Have you written "see it"? Good. Evremonde.' he said. He listened carefully but there were only normal prison sounds. Soon he heard the sound of doors opening. 64 65 . Then he went to the door and called softly. Carton took his hand from his pocket.' Carton's hand was close to Darnay's face. 'Quickly. 'But do you promise to keep me out of danger.' replied Barsad. and tell Mr Lorry to leave at once!' Barsad called two men into the room.A Tale of Two Cities A change of clothes He did not allow Darnay time to argue or refuse. 'Quick. in a warning VOIce. and he gently pressed a cloth against Darnay's nose and mouth. man. and Darnay wrote. 'What is that in your hand?' asked Darnay. That happens quite often.' 'Yes. put him in the coach yourself. and leave me.' said Carton. He waited calmly.' he said.' The spy Barsad came in. 'You must help me to the coach. no alarm bells. saying his last goodbye to his friend.' 'Have 1not already promised to be true to the death? Hurry. 'Be careful with my friend. 'I am happy that I can prove them now.' said Barsad. No shouts. often. and told them to lift the unconscious man and carry him out.' replied Carton. 'Nothing. Carton's hand was close to Darnay's face. 'Now sit down and write what I say. and pushed the note that Darnay had written inside Damay's pocket. now go on writing. I've changed places with him.

With her child. 'Lucie his daughter. and condemned.' 'I am innocent. looking at the ground. 'How can my death help the poor? 13 The last goodbyes At that same hour in the early afternoon a coach going out of Paris drives up to the gates of the city. If it is true. this helpless old man.' she went on. Which is she?' This is she. but I have done nothing.' Her sad smile as she said this touched Carton's heart.' said the guard with a cruel laugh. some walking about. 'They say that the Revolution will do so much good for the poor people. little Lucie. Citizen Evremonde. whispering crazily to himself. will you let me hold your brave hand. but I was taken again. What could a poor little thing like me do? I am not afraid to die.' 'It was. 'And his wife and child. Citizen Evrernonde. 'Citizen Evremonde. 'I hoped it was true.' said the girl.' 'When we go from here. stranger?' 'Yes.' she said. A young woman came up to him. I am willing to die. Citizen Evremonde. He touched his lips with his finger. but I do not know how that can be. I heard that you were set free. 'Alexandre Manette. she was thin and pale. 'but 1 forget what you were accused of. some crying.' 'True. 'I was with you in La Force. will you let me hold your hand? I am not afraid but I am little and weak.A Tale of Two Cities There were many people there. 'Are you dying for him?' she whispered. some sitting.' he said softly. Which is he?' This is Dr Manette. beside her. my poor sister. some standing. to the last. The wife of Evrernonde. 'Who goes there? Show us your papers!' The guard looks at the papers. Doctor. Yes. and it will help to make me brave. 'The last few days of the Revolution have been too much for him.' The young girl looked into his face and he saw a sudden doubt come into her eyes. silent.' 'Oh. Most of them stood.' 'Show us your papers!' 67 . followed by surprise.

The wife and the child must follow the husband. She was washing her face when she suddenly looked up and saw a figure standing in the room.' 'They're both fine heads for the Guillotine. 'Here are your papers. waiting for the moment of her husband's death. The house was not yet empty.' replied the cruel voice of Madame Defarge. in the corner. the horses are fast. 'And Jarvis Lorry. She wanted more. A second coach leaving from the house might suggest an escape. and there are no shouts behind them on the road. 'Mr Cruncher. English. 'Their heads will be a pretty sight when they are shown to the people. 'you must go and stop our coach coming here. Drive to the church instead.' 'But I'm afraid that my husband may warn them and let them escape. After the death of Evremonde at three this afternoon we'll go to the Tribunal and accuse them.' said her friend.' Jerry hurried away. There were many women in Paris at that time who hated the nobles and wanted to see them die. Which is he?' He is here. Madame Defarge looked at her coldly. Madame Defarge was the one most feared. your husband has another meeting today. take my knitting and keep my usual seat near the Guillotine. she began to walk to Dr Manette's house. Hidden in her clothes were a gun and a sharp knife. I say that all the Evremonde people must go to the Guillotine. and I'll meet you there at three o'clock.' 'Don't be late. Yes. each coach would travel faster. But onwards the coach goes. Mr Lorry had decided that two coaches were better than one. Which is he?' 'I am he.' says Jarvis Lorry.' There are wildly beating hearts in the coach. with fewer passengers.' said Madame Defarge. and the last. It was twenty past two. Banker. and with her usual confident step. He feels sorry for the Doctor. and at once Miss Pross began to get herself ready to leave. must die. But of all these women. English.' The others agreed willingly. You may go. they too. 'No one must escape.' Madame Defarge went on. Lawyer.' 'Lucie Manette will be at home now. I shall not be late. He is not well. preparing to follow Mr Lorry's coach.' said Jacques Three. Here. and condemn herself. But Miss Pross was still worried. 'and I must do something myself.A Tale of Two Cities The last goodbyes 'Hah. All her life she had been filled with hate. 'My husband is a good citizen. Also that afternoon Madame Defarge was talking with her friends. 'I will go to her. 'The wife of 69 68 . there is the heavy breathing of the unconscious traveller. More heads must fall. She will say things against the Revolution. Jarvis Lorry. Miss Pross and Jerry Cruncher were there.' she said. It was nothing to her that an innocent man was going to die because of his father's and his uncle's crimes. Sydney Carton. and trembling hands. but he is not strong enough. 'To see the death of Evremonde.

she opened her mouth to call for help. 'I am desperate. locked the door of the room.' she said. 'I know that the longer 1 can keep you here.' said Miss Pross. Miss Pross looked down. 'No. Do you hear me?' said Madame Defarge.' said Miss Pross. * ~4 * As the death-carts carry the condemned prisoners through the 70 71 . and Miss Pross stood alone.' She went towards the door. but love is stronger than hate and Miss Pross did not let go. As the smoke cleared. Each woman spoke in her own language. but Miss Pross jumped forward and held her round the waist. 'Citizen Doctor! Wife of Evrernonde! Answer me!' There was no answer and Madame Defarge quickly opened three of the doors and saw that the rooms were empty. With shaking hands. the greater hope there is for my darling girl. and went downstairs. But they can be followed and brought back. There was a loud bang. As she crossed the bridge on the way to the church. You shall not have it. she got her hat and coat. and hit out at it wildly. But Madame Defarge knew that Miss Pross was a true friend of the Doctor's family. 'You're a cruel. where is she?' Miss Pross quickly stood in front of the door to Lucie's room. Madame Defarge tried to pull out her knife. trembling with terror.A Tale of Two Cities The last goodbyes Evremonde. All this in a second. but you won't frighten me. she dropped the key of the locked room in the river and hurried on to meet Jerry Cruncher. and neither understood the other's words. 'it's under my arm. and a cloud of smoke. dangerous woman. they are gone. One door was still closed. 'If they are not in that room. breathing hard. but Miss Pross stared back just as angrily. She stared angrily at Miss Pross. began to pull out the gun. 'I wish to see the wife of Evrernonde. Go and tell her. I'll fight back!' Madame Defarge stepped forward and called loudly. Miss Pross hit out at the gun wildly. but then she thought of the dangers this would bring for her dear Lucie. Madame Defarge was used to the fighting in the streets and was strong.' Madame Defarge put her hand to the front of her dress and the lifeless body of Madame Defarge on the ground. and Miss Pross knew that Madame Defarge was the family's enemy. Miss Pross saw If you fight me. saw what it was. In horror.

and do not think of anything else. Defarge. They said of him that it was the most peaceful face ever seen there. now a man. In the chairs around the Guillotine. and she looks up gratefully into his face. The women count Twenty-Two.' 72 * . he kisses hers.. the friends of Madame Defarge are waiting for her. The young girl goes next. 'It is a far. 'Because of you.' she whispers.' says Sydney Carton. Now the Guillotine is waiting.' 'Keep your eyes on me. than I have ever known. and do not think of anything else. the judges. Teresa Defarge! Who has seen her? She's never missed before!' But the death-carts have arrived. Crash! . who has my name. 1 see Lucie when she is old. it is a far. if they are quick. I am calm. than 1have ever done. I see their son. and 1 know that she and her husband remember me until their deaths. far better rest that I go to. I think you were sent to me by God. 'I see Barsad. dear child. happy and peaceful in that England which 1 shall never see again.A Tale of Two Cities The last goodbyes streets of Paris.' 'They are quick.' 'I do not mind while 1hold your hand. 'Keep your eyes on me. and the women who sit knitting count One. Fear not!' She kisses his lips. He carefully places her with her back to the Guillotine.Three. before him.A head is held up. Twenty.. 1hear him tell his son my story. and the Guillotine has already begun its work. in real freedom. What passed through Sydney Carton's mind as he walked those last steps to his death? Perhaps he saw into the future . dear stranger. and Carton walks forward. I see him become a famous lawyer and make my name famous by his work. The supposed Evrernonde helps the young girl down from the cart. far better thing that I do. 1shall not mind when 1let it go. 'Or perhaps He sent you to me. crying for me on this day every year. 1see the lives for whom 1 give my life. 'Teresa. I see a beautiful city being built in this terrible place. dear child. all dying under this terrible machine. 1see that new people will live here. crowds watch to see the faces of those who are to die.

pale with little colour in the face peasant powerful strong or important what you want revolution titled family A Tale of Two Cities ACTIVITIES a poor farmer who owns or rents a small piece of land enough to make other people do when people fight to change the way their country is controlled servant someone who is paid to work in another person's house suffer to feel pain. in body or mind terror very great fear tribunal a group of people who are judges at some kinds of trial 74 .GLOSSARY citizen someone who belongs to a country or city condemn to say at a law trial that someone must be punished emigrant someone who leaves their own country to live in another country grave a hole in the ground where a dead person is buried guillotine a machine with a big knife for cutting people's heads off guilty you are guilty if it is proved at a law trial that you have done something wrong hang to kill someone by holding them above the ground with a rope round their neck innocent you are innocent if you are accused of a crime but did not do it knit to use long sticks to make clothes from wool Marquis the title of a nobleman memory something that you remember nobleman someone belonging to an important. sadness. etc.

They had easy/hard lives. Choose the best question-word and then answer them. . sat in the wine-shop. Y/N 3 Lucie's father will be sent to prison again. YIN 6 Innocent people will die. had/did not have enough to eat. Y/N 4 He will make money from selling shoes. What / How / Who 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 . and loved/hated effect did this news have on Dr Manette? 76 77 . and then answer these questions. In France in the 19th/18th century poor/rich most/none happened? Choose Read Chapters these questions. in this story? Circle Y 4 Who killed the Marquis? kept? name? on the first Read Chapters Who 1 2 3 5 6 7 8 brought While Reading 1 to 3. a message for Mr Lorry on the Dover road? Lucie back to England as a small child? in Paris? knitting and watching? had brought owned the wine-shop thought 4 .. and the poor had nothing/everything. YIN 5 Revolution will change everybody's lives.. died under the wheels of the Marquis's did Gaspard happened travel to the Marquis's coach? castle? did Charles Darnay feel about his French family? to the Marquis? ask Lucie to remember always? was in love with Lucie Manette? did Sydney Carton marriage to Lucie? did Darnay tell Dr Manette on the morning of his noblemen owned of the land. Y/N 2 She will have secrets from her family.ACTIVITIES ACTIVITIES Before Reading 1 Read the back cover and the story introduction page of the book. North Tower? at the Old Bailey trial? at the trial? looked very like the prisoner had taken care of Lucie since she was a child? 4 and 5. 1 What are the 'Two Cities' of the title? 2 Where was the prisoner 3 What is his daughter's 5 What is 'the Guillotine'? 2 Can you guess what is going to happen (yes) or N (no) for each sentence. for 1 Lucie and her family will be killed. Answer these questions.. Y/N 3 Why do you think the French Revolution the best words to complete this passage. the King and his noblemen. was the prisoner his name was 105.

to stay in Paris for some time. Defarge talking about her family. 17 they said Darnay 18 all the Evremonde must go to the Guillotine family were dead. Are these sentences true (T) or false (F)? Rewrite the false sentences with the correct information. Defarge was very afraid of Lucie. __ heard that he was one of the accusers. 14 he heard Madame 12 he was accused by three citizens. to the past. 7 Madame 9 Carton.' 4 'Friends and citizens! We are ready!' 5 'He'll take good care of myoid 6 'I know where to find him. had a plan.' Read Chapters 8 and 9. 6 Barsad refused to help Sydney Carton 7 Mr Lorry was planning Before you read Chapters 12 and 13. and use the linking words to make a paragraph of nine sentences. 15 he read it aloud to the Tribunal. Sydney Carton went to the Defarges' wine-shop.' 2 'It takes time to prepare for change.) A change of clothes The last goodbyes 1 Who is going to change clothes. (Use each word once. the next day. 4 Not many of the prisoners 5 John Barsad's real name was Solomon Pross. can you guess the answers to these questions? The titles of the chapters are: Read Chapters 10 and 11. __ in the Bastille. 4 The paper told a story of the Evrernonde 5 The people were so angry to hear of these crimes __ 6 After the trial. 3 Darnay was in a Paris prison for more than a year.' 3 'It's all the same.' 7 'Now I.ACTIVlTIES: While Reading ACTIVITIES: While Reading Read Chapters 6 and 7. 78 79 . and why? 2 Who will be in the coach leaving Paris tomorrow? 3 What will happen to Ernest and Teresa Defarge? 4 Who is going to say 'their last goodbyes'? and / because / because / however / that / until/when / which / who 1 Darnay appeared 2 Dr Manette before the Tribunal / where a second time. 10 had caused the deaths of four members 11 his mind had returned 13 he kept to himself. have been buried alive. __ of a family. too. Match these halves of sentences. 16 he spoke angrily to the Tribunal. 8 Dr Manette __ __ Defarge did not want to stop the killing __ could do nothing to help Darnay __ . in any way. 1 Dr Manette 2 Madame was in danger in Paris. and who or what were they talking about? 1 'They have left his body hanging in the village square. were sent to the Guillotine.' 3 But Defarge explained by Dr Manette that he had found a paper written __ brothers. bones. Who said this.

'Evrernonde!' 'No! Promise me. on the morning we said I would tell you my real name of my marriage .' 9 __ 1O__ 11 __ 12 __ 13 __ 14 __ 'No. no. The name means nothing to me.' 2 Which characters spent most of their lives in Paris. too?' without D D D D D D n 81 . Ernest Defarge Jarvis Lorry Sydney Carton Lucie Manette Dr Manette Jerry Cruncher Gaspard Mr Stryver the Marquis Gabelle of Evrernonde D D D D D U U 80 D D proud of this name. or anyone else. Dr Manette? you had seen a ghost. But come.' 'Yes. memories you look so pale! Does this name hold But must you tell me?' When I spoke the name. not at all. we must go . But I and since my uncle died. I must. and I will never use it. Who are you?' 'Dr Manette.' 'Yes.' But why must it be a secret?' 'Then may I tell Lucie. have been the Marquis LONDON of Evrernonde. 1 __ 2 __ 3 __ 4 __ 5 __ 6 __ 7 __ 8 __ 'Very well. Lucie Manette Jarvis Lorry Madame Defarge Dr Manette Charles Darnay Sydney Carton John Barsad Gaspard who's who? Match the characters to their 3 On the morning of his marriage. I have never heard the name before. that you will never tell Lucie. that your name is Evrernonde. I thought 'Are you sure. Charles. for you?' the killer of the Marquis once a prisoner a lawyer Miss Pross's brother the doctor's daughter an old friend of the Manettes a good knitter the Marquis's nephew in the Bastille 'Yes.ACTIVITIES: After Reading ACTIVITIES After Reading 1 Can you remember descriptions. Put their conversation in the right order and put in the speakers' names. I remember. then. that's all. and which in London? Tick one box each time. PARIS 'My name is Evrernonde. I promise.' 'Some things are best kept secret. I But I am not am quite sure. Charles. No.my daughter 'There are many ghosts in my past. I cannot marry your daughter telling you who I really am.you remember?' is waiting.' 'Dr Manette. Darnay speaks first (number 5). Charles Darnay talked to Dr Manette.

but it was . 3 Sydney Carton 4 Love is the strongest 82 83 . 4 It was a strange message. about the story in the same 6 Before Charles Darnay went to France to help Gabelle. loved Lucie and lived.... 2 It was the spring of hope. When __ be on my way. old servant Gabelle __ knew you __ Take __ my help. killed those who were guilty.. for effect...ACTIVITIES: After Reading ACTIVlTlES: After Reading 4 Writers like Dickens often repeated words. Find the best word for each gap and complete his letter. 1 The Revolution 2 Madame was good for France in the end... Charles tell you before. __ . I promise I will __ of yourself and little Lucie. 6 Charles Darnay Defarge was right to want revenge for what had was a better man than Charles Darnay. 1 Sydney Carton To the Guillotine! Blood and Tears A City of Terror and Charles Darnay looked very similar. but their characters 3 When the Marquis 4 The Revolution Madame Carton . 5 Miss Pross was a friend of Dr Manette's Defarge . in your own words. 6 and a 7 it is a __ 8 it was the __ 10 it was the __ answer. but Sydney been done to her family. the child's father family. far better thing that I do. rest that I go to. I did __ . I __ go. in the same sentence. it also 8 Do you agree (A) or disagree (D) with these sentences? Explain why. than I have ever known. to let you know I am __ Your loving __ . 3 It was the season of light. I I to you when I father. Which do you like best. and __ 9 it was the season of 7 Is A Tale of Two Cities a good title for this story? Here are some other possible titles. and why? What other titles can you think of? Revolution in France Charles and Lucie Dying for Love The Shadow of the Bastille Enemies of France 5 Now complete these sentences way. . My dearest wife. because __ read this. 1 It was the best of times. I am __ __ __ for France very soon. 5 It is a far. . but . worry. of sadness. of times. power in the world. or used words with opposite meanings. he wrote a letter to Lucie (see page 38). than I have ever done. Match these parts of sentences from the story and complete them with the best words. 2 Life in France was easy for the rich. killed a child.

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