The storming of the Bastille…the loss of life carts with their doomed human cargo…the speedy drop of the guillotine blade—this is the French Revolution that Charles Dickens vividly captures in his well-known paintings A story of 2 towns. With dramatic eloquence, he brings to existence a time of terror and treason, a ravenous humans emerging in frenzy and hate to overthrow a corrupt and decadent regime. With perception and compassion, Dickens casts his novel of unforgettable scenes with a few memorable characters: the sinister Madame Defarge, knitting her styles of demise; the light Lucie Manette, loyal in her devotion to her damaged father; Charles Darnay, the sweetheart with a mystery earlier; and dissolute Sydney Carton, whose not going heroism supplies his existence meaning.
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