Characters In A Tale of Two Cities
This list of characters from A Tale of Two Cities is presented in alphabetical order.
Note: Includes spoilers!
Carton, Sydney – Sydney is a lawyer with a fondness for strong drink. He meets the love of his life in Lucie (Manette) Darnay. He also bears a strong resemblance her husband, Charles.
Sadly, sadly, the sun rose; it rose upon no sadder sight than the man of good abilities and good emotions, incapable of their directed exercise, incapable of his own help and his own happiness, sensible of the blight on him, and resigning him-self to let it eat him away. – narration about Sydney Carton
“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.” – Sydney Carton
Darnay, Charles – Charles is a French exile living England. He marries Lucie Darnay. Later he returns to France to make amends for his family’s crimes. He is imprisoned and eventually sentenced to death. He is saved from death by Sydney Carton.
Charles Darnay seemed to stand in a company of the dead. Ghosts all! The ghost of beauty, the ghost of stateliness, the ghost of elegance, the ghost of pride, the ghost of frivolity, the ghost of wit, the ghost of youth, the ghost of age, all waiting their dismissal from the desolate shore, all turning on him eyes that were changed by the death they had died in coming there. – Charles Darnay’s thoughts about his fellow prisoners
Cruncher, Jeremy (Jerry) – Jerry is the porter at Tellson’s Bank. On the side he makes money as a grave robber. He beats his wife for praying or as he calls it “flopping.”
“I go so far as to say, miss, morehover,” proceeded Mr. Cruncher, with a most alarming tendency to hold forth as from a pulpit–“and let my words be took down and took to Mrs. Cruncher through yourself–that wot my opinions respectin’ flopping has undergone a change, and that wot I only hope with all my heart as Mrs. Cruncher may be a flopping at the present time.” – Jerry Cruncher
Darnay, Lucie – See Lucie Manette
Defarge, Ernest – A wine shop owner and a leader in the French Revolution. He is the husband of Therese Defarge.
Defarge, Therese – The wife of Ernest Defarge and an eager partner in the French Revolution. She records the names of her enemies with her knitting.
” . . . tell Wind and Fire where to stop,” returned madame; “but don’t tell me.” – Therese Defarge
Lorry, Jarvis – Jarvis Lorry is an agent of Tellson’s Bank. He becomes a friend of the Manettes.
Manette, Doctor Alexandre – Doctor Manette was imprisoned at the Bastille for eighteen years. He is the father of Lucie Manette. During the long years of his imprisonment he made shoes.
Manette, Lucie – Lucie is the beautiful daughter of Doctor Manette. While her father was imprisoned she believed herself to be an orphan. She marries Charles Darnay. She is also loved by Sydney Carton.
Pross, Miss – Lucie Manette’s nurse and companion.
“You might, from your appearance, be the wife of Lucifer. Nevertheless, you shall not get the better of me. I am an Englishwoman.” – Miss Pross
Stryver, C. J. – Sydney Carton’s employer.
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