A Tale of Two Cities

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J.M. Dent & Company, 1900 - 485 pages
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User Review  - thebookmagpie - LibraryThing

Would give it six stars if I could. Lump in my goddamn throat. No words. No words at all. Please, please read this book. *** Let me count the ways that I love this book. Actually, no - I cannot ... Read full review

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User Review  - wealhtheowwylfing - LibraryThing

A drunkard loser lawyer is pulled into the drama of the Darnay family, who foolishly returned to post-revolutionary France. Sydney Carton defends them as best he can, but the wheels of revolution and vengeance will not be stopped for long. My second favorite Dickens novel. Read full review

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Page 486 - I am the Resurrection and the Life, saith the Lord : he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live : and whosoever liveth and believeth in me, shall never die." The murmuring of many voices, the upturning of many faces, the pressing on of many footsteps in the outskirts of the crowd, so that it swells forward in a mass, like one great heave of water, all flashes away. Twenty-Three.
Page 487 - It is a far, far better thing that I do, than I have ever done; it is a far, far better rest that I go to than I have ever known.
Page 480 - Six tumbrils roll along the streets. Change these back again to what they were, thou powerful enchanter, Time, and they shall be seen to be the carriages of absolute...
Page 3 - IT was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair...
Page 140 - ... or anger. Neither did the people say anything; after the first cry they had been silent, and they remained so. The voice of the submissive man who had spoken was flat and tame in its extreme submission. Monsieur the Marquis ran his eyes over them all as if they had been mere rats come out of their holes. He took out his purse. "It is extraordinary to me," said he, "that you people cannot take care of yourselves and your children.
Page 480 - ALONG the Paris streets, the death-carts rumble, hollow and harsh. Six tumbrils carry the day's wine to La Guillotine. All the devouring and insatiate Monsters imagined since imagination could record itself, are fused in the one realization, Guillotine. And yet there is not in France, with its rich variety of soil and climate, a blade, a leaf, a root, a sprig, a peppercorn, which will grow to maturity under conditions more certain than those that have produced this horror. Crush humanity out of shape...
Page 14 - A WONDERFUL fact to reflect upon that ** every human creature is constituted to be that profound secret and mystery to every other.
Page 66 - Brothers' might; but Tellson's, thank Heaven! Any one of these partners would have disinherited his son on the question of rebuilding Tellson's. In this respect the house was much on a par with the country; which did very often disinherit its sons for suggesting improvements in laws and customs that had long been highly objectionable, but were only the more respectable. Thus it had come to pass that Tellson's was the triumphant perfection of inconvenience. After bursting open a door of idiotic obstinacy...
Page xii - This is merely to certify," he wrote on the iith of March 1859, "that I have got exactly the "name for the story that is wanted; exactly what "will fit the opening to a T. A TALE OF Two
Page 76 - ... good citizens, if any. So powerful is use, and so desirable to be good use in the beginning. It was famous, too, for the pillory, a wise old institution, that inflicted a punishment of which no one could foresee the extent ; also, for the whipping-post, another dear old institution, very humanising and softening to behold in action ; also, for extensive transactions in blood-money, another fragment of ancestral wisdom, systematically leading to the most frightful mercenary crimes that could be...

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