By Charles Dickens
One hundred and fiftieth ANNIVERSARY variation
With dramatic eloquence, this tale of the French Revolution brings to lifestyles a time of terror and treason, and a ravenous humans emerging in frenzy and hate to overthrow a corrupt and decadent regime.
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Gentleman’s valise and hot water to Concord. Pull off gentleman’s boots in Concord. ) Fetch barber to Concord. ” The Concord bedchamber being always assigned to a passenger by the mail, and passengers by the mail being always heavily wrapped up from head to foot, the room had the odd interest for the establishment of the Royal George, that although but one kind of man was seen to go into it, all kinds and varieties of men came out of it. Consequently, another drawer, and two porters, and several maids and the landlady, were all loitering by accident at various points of the road between the Concord and the coffee-room, when a gentleman of sixty, formally dressed in a brown suit of clothes, pretty well worn, but very well kept, with large square cuffs and large flaps to the pockets, passed along on his way to his breakfast.
Its title sounds geographical, as if the novel were about size and distance. Like most of Dickens’ novels, it begins in the past, so it seems to be concerned with history. And the first words intoned by the narrative voice make up that famous sentence about the times, the age, the epoch, the season, and the fate of people in general—the “we” who regarded life as either bleak or salvational. Royalty is speared on the nib of Dickens’ pen—“a king with a large jaw and a queen with a plain face”—and Dickens swats at the governing bodies in Paris and London.
It was told me by the Bank that the gentleman would explain to me the details of the business, and that I must prepare myself to find them of a surprising nature. ” “Naturally,” said Mr. Lorry. ” He did not begin, but, in his indecision, met her glance. The young forehead lifted itself into that singular expression—but it was pretty and characteristic, besides being singular—and she raised her hand, as if with an involuntary action she caught at, or stayed some passing shadow. ” Mr. Lorry opened his hands, and extended them outwards with an argumentative smile.
A Tale of Two Cities (150th Anniversary Edition) by Charles Dickens