A Tale of Two Cities is a novel written by Charles Dickens. It takes place during the period of the French Revolution, and it follows the story of several characters, most notably Charles Darnay and Sydney Carton.
The book is divided into three parts, called Books.
Book the First: Recalled to LifeEdit
The story's setting is established as taking place in England and France beginning in 1775.
Mr. Jarvis Lorry is riding a coach wagon from England to London. A man appears in the distance, and Mr. Lorry recognizes him as Jerry Cruncher, who works with Mr. Lorry at Tellson's Bank. Jerry instructs Mr. Lorry to wait at Dover for Mam'selle, and Mr. Lorry tells Jerry to return to Tellson's Bank with the message "Recalled to Life". Jerry is confused at its meaning, but he rides on.
Lorry arrives at a hotel in Dover. It is announced that Lucie Manette has arrived from London, and Lorry goes to meet her. He introduces himself and his purpose as a businessman, and he informs Lucie that her father was still alive, whom she thought died several years ago. She faints in shock, and Miss Pross, her servant, comes in to support her.
Meanwhile in France, Monsieur Defarge and Madame Defarge are present at their wine shop. Madame Defarge signals to Monsieur Defarge of Mr. Lorry and Lucie Manette's presence, but he pretends not to take notice. Monsieur Defarge converses with three known customers, who he calls all Jacques, a codename for a revolutionary. Afterwards, Mr. Lorry speaks with Defarge, and they and Lucie go up the floors on a staircase to a door, and they enter it to find Dr. Manette, Lucie's father who has been imprisoned for eighteen years, making shoes.
Dr. Manette takes a strand of hair belonging to his wife from long ago, and he mistakenly matches it to Lucie's hair. Lucie reveals her identity, and they embrace each other. They decided to bring Dr. Manette and his daughter back to England.
Book the Second: The Golden ThreadEdit
The year is 1780. Jerry Cruncher wakes up and finds his wife praying. He assumes she's praying against him, so he throws his shoe at her and yells at her. Mr. Cruncher then awaits for his job outside Tellson's Bank along with his son. When he takes off, his son notices his rusty hand and begins to wonder its origins.
Cruncher is led to the Old Bailey Courthouse, where he is told to receive instructions from Jarvis Lorry.