A Tale Of Two Cities (Charles Dickens)
Dr. Alexandre Manette
Dr. Alexandre Manette the great survivor of the Bastille and father to Lucie Manette.
Dr.Manette is the most important character in the book. Throughout the book he is the stories
backbone. Few subplots ignore Manette.
Dr. Manette loves his daughter. She is the world to him, without her he would still be a
crazed old man. Dr. Manette's love for his daughter is clear throughout the story he expresses
his thought verbally. When his daughter Lucie is married he tells her "Consider how natural
and how plain it is, my dear, that it should be so. You, devoted and young, cannot fully
appreciate the anxiety I have felt that your life should not be wasted."1 Dr.Manette is a very
caring man. Caring, that is the one adjective I would use to describe Dr.Manette.
As I said before Dr.
Manette loves his daughter. Lucie Manette is his driving force.
Dr.Manette wants little except for his daughter to live a full and happy life and himself to be
a part of it. His desire to be a part of Lucie life makes it hard for him to give her up to
Charles Darnay. After the wedding Dr.Manette says "Take her, Charles. She is yours."2 He
does so with a quite sadness.
A huge portion of the story revolves about Dr.Manette's past suffering in the Bastille.
The Doctors Bastille time is pure hell. Ever after being freed he still mumbles crazy things
such as "It is a lady's shoe. It is a young lady's walking-shoe. It is in the present mode. I have
had a pattern in my hand."3 Outbursts such as that show that he is not nor may he ever heal
his scars. Though the...