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A Tale of Two Cities – Book the First: Recalled to Life Chapters 5–6

Summary: Chapter 5: The Wine-shop The wine was red wine, and had stained the ground of the narrow street. . . . (See Important Quotations Explained) The setting shifts from Dover, England to Saint Antoine, a poor suburb of Paris. A wine cask falls to the pavement in the street and everyone rushes to it. …

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A Tale of Two Cities – Book the Second: The Golden Thread Chapters 1–4

Summary: Chapter 1: Five Years Later It is now 1780. Tellson’s Bank in London prides itself on being “very small, very dark, very ugly, very incommodious.” Were it more welcoming, the bank’s partners believe, it would lose its status as a respectable business. It is located by Temple Bar, the spot where, until recently, the …

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A Tale of Two Cities – Book the Second: The Golden Thread Chapters 5–6

Summary: Chapter 5: The Jackal Sydney Carton, the “idlest and most unpromising of men,” makes his way from the tavern to Mr. Stryver’s apartment. The men drink together and discuss the day’s court proceedings. Stryver, nicknamed “the lion,” compliments his friend, “the jackal,” for the “rare point” that he made regarding Darnay’s identification. However, he …

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A Tale of Two Cities – Book the Second: The Golden Thread Chapters 7–9

Summary: Chapter 7: Monseigneur in Town Monseigneur, a great lord in the royal court, holds a reception in Paris. He surrounds himself with the greatest pomp and luxury. For example, he has four serving men help him drink his chocolate. The narrator tells us that Monseigneur’s money corrupts everyone who touches it. Monseigneur parades around …

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A Tale of Two Cities – Book the Second: The Golden Thread Chapters 10–13

Summary: Chapter 10: Two Promises A year later, Darnay makes a moderate living as a French teacher in London. He visits Doctor Manette and admits his love for Lucie. He honors Manette’s special relationship with his daughter, assuring him that his own love for Lucie will in no way disturb that bond. Manette applauds Darnay …

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A Tale of Two Cities – Book the Second: The Golden Thread Chapters 14–17

Summary: Chapter 14: The Honest Tradesman One morning outside Tellson’s Bank, Jerry Cruncher sees a funeral pass by. Jerry asks a few questions and learns that the crowd is preparing to bury Roger Cly, a convicted spy and one of the men who testified against Darnay in his court case. Cruncher joins the motley procession, …

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A Tale of Two Cities – Book the Second: The Golden Thread Chapters 18–21

Summary: Chapter 18: Nine Days Darnay and Doctor Manette converse before going to church for Darnay’s wedding to Lucie. Manette emerges “deadly pale” from this meeting. Darnay and Lucie are married and depart for their honeymoon. Almost immediately, a change comes over Manette; he now looks scared and lost. Later that day, Miss Pross and …

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