An analysis of the opening line of a tale of two cities by charles dickens

Lorry replies to the message carried by Jerry Cruncher with the words "Recalled to Life". A good reason for talking to a man, that he shows you what you have fallen away from and what you might have been!

a tale of two cities opening paragraph

In my degradation I have not been so degraded but that the sight of you with your father, and of this home made such a home by you, has stirred old shadows that I thought had died out of me.

Brevity and simplicity are the hallmarks of many great authors, but not him.

Charles dickens paradox

Not only is the writing wonderfully paced, with clever use of gentle repetition at the start of phrases, but the images invoked could apply to many other eras, including our own: 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, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going direct to Heaven, we were all going direct the other way — in short, the period was so far like the present period, that some of its noisiest authorities insisted on its being received, for good or for evil, in the superlative degree of comparison only. Alexandre Dumas was paid by the line, which helps explain his love of short, punchy dialogue that racks up the line count very quickly. That is why in the context of the transformation in times, wealth, inequality, and accumulation of wealth have become modern themes which the author dilates upon in the opening of his novel. Manette; an ideal pre-Victorian lady, perfect in every way. The Reign of Terror was a horrific time in France, and she gives some notion for how things went too far from the perspective of the citizens, as opposed to the actions of the de facto government in that year. Chapter 7 It took four men, all four a-blaze with gorgeous decoration, and the Chief of them unable to exist with fewer than two gold watches in his pocket, emulative of the noble and chaste fashion set by Monseigneur, to conduct the happy chocolate to Monseigneur's lips. In his book A Tale of Two Cities, based on the French Revolution, we see that he really could not write a tale of two cities. His childhood included some of the pains of poverty in England, as he had to work in a factory as a child to help his family. A good reason for talking to a man, that he shows you what you have fallen away from and what you might have been!

As for the last sentence in A Tale of Two Cities, that too is a strong contender for the best final sentence of a book. There is nothing in you to like; you know that. Not only is the writing wonderfully paced, with clever use of gentle repetition at the start of phrases, but the images invoked could apply to many other eras, including our own: 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, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going direct to Heaven, we were all going direct the other way — in short, the period was so far like the present period, that some of its noisiest authorities insisted on its being received, for good or for evil, in the superlative degree of comparison only.

Your money came out of, or went into, wormy old wooden drawers, particles of which flew up your nose and down your throat when they were opened and shut. Chapter 7 It took four men, all four a-blaze with gorgeous decoration, and the Chief of them unable to exist with fewer than two gold watches in his pocket, emulative of the noble and chaste fashion set by Monseigneur, to conduct the happy chocolate to Monseigneur's lips.

Murdered in his bed by the peasant Gaspard.

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