Posted by Elaine on August 09, 2000 at 22:39:18:
In Reply to: Re: Sidney Carton??? posted by Grace on August 09, 2000 at 22:06:19:
: : Okay Kate and all, I'm intrigued.
: : WHO IS SIDNEY CARTON?
: : You've got to contribute to the continuing education of the poor benighted Carolina journalist, ye know. It's not just DDL talk and wench chatter I come to Mohicanland for. I need book learnin'!
: : This sounds like an intriguing work of literature...
: : Christina
: **Tale of Two Cities spoiler follows**
: I just came here to read what all you interesting people had to say about LOTM. I'm a new and very enthusiastic fan, but I don't know enough to offer anything about it yet. Get back to me in 2005. Therefore, I had no intention of posting, yet here I go.
: Although it's been years since I read the book, in a Tale of Two Cities, Sydney Carton was a rather unpleasant and not-well-liked lawyer in Paris. He came to love a character named Lucie, whose last name escapes me. She in turn loves and is loved by Charles Darnay, a much more honorable fellow than Carton, who is condemned to die by guillotine, for what I can't recall though I'm certain the book practically hinges on it (LOL). In perhaps his first selfless and honorable action, Carton, who is a ringer for Darnay, visits him in prison the night before the execution, drugs him, and switches places with him. He is beheaded the next morning. In the final paragraph or two, we learn that Lucie and Charles go on to a happy life, naming children after Carton and forever being grateful to him. He is character responsible for the famous lines "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." Hope that helps. I think the comparison with Heyward is both appropriate and resonant.
Welcome, Grace ...
Good to see your quick, enthusiastic dive into these discussions.
That about sums up "A Tale of Two Cities" ... Darnay was sentenced to the guillotine during the death frenzy of the French Revolution because Lucie's bitter, imprisoned father had 'condemned' him indirectly (through blood lines) years earlier; a thing he had forgotten & deeply regretted. Trickery & vendettas of a citizeness brought about the circumstances of his death sentence.
One question; Did you mean to say, 'Carton, who is a DEAD ringer for Darnay ...?'
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