This page presents a summary of the plot and characters of A Tale of Two Cities, a historical novel by Charles Dickens.
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Published in and set both before and following the French Revolution, the novel focuses on French doctor Alexandre Manette, who is released after eighteen years in prison in Paris and joins Lucie, the daughter he never knew, in London.
The story begins in London banker Jarvis Lorry receives a message from a bank employee, Jerry Cruncher, while on a coach from London to Dover. Lucie had thought that her father was dead, but Lorry takes her to France to meet him. Manette had learned to make shoes in prison and spends time doing this to occupy his mind.
He does not recognize his daughter, but from her hair and eyes realizes that she looks like her mother, and he goes with her and Lorry back to England. Two spies have charged that they received information for France about British troops in America from Darnay.
Darnay, however, is acquitted. Meanwhile, in Paris, the oppressive Marquis St. Evremonde commands that his carriage be driven at a high speed, and ends up killing the child of a peasant, Gaspard.
Defarge offers comfort to Gaspard. Gaspard, who had followed the Marquis home by hiding under his carriage, fatally stabs him during the night. Gaspard leaves a note with the weapon he used, and after a year as a fugitive is caught and hung.
Carton pledges to do anything he can for her and her family, though he does not expect she will return his love. Lorry and Pross destroy the shoemaking paraphernalia Manette had brought with him from Paris.
Lucie and Charles have a son who dies in childhood and a daughter named after Lucie.
Lorry goes to Paris to retrieve documents from a bank branch there and bring them to London for safety during the French Revolution. Darnay, meanwhile, comes upon a letter written by a servant of his uncle, who has been put in prison and is begging that the Marquis help him.
Keeping his position as the new Marquis secret, Darnay heads for Paris. More than a year passes before he is put on trial. Manette, who is considered a hero for his time in prison, testifies, and Darnay is released—but he is arrested again before the day is over because of accusations brought by Madame Defarge, who seeks revenge against the Marquis for his treatment of members of her family.
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