"A Tale Of Two Cities" by Charles Dickens. --Describes the sacrafices characters made/did not make.

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In the fictitious novel Tale of Two Cities, the author, Charles

Dickens, lays out a brilliant plot. Charles Dickens was born in

England on February 7, 1812 near the south coast. His family moved to

London when he was ten years old and quickly went into debt. To help

support himself, Charles went to work at a blacking warehouse when he

was twelve. His father was soon imprisoned for debt and shortly

thereafter the rest of the family split apart. Charles continued to

work at the blacking warehouse even after his father inherited some

money and got out of prison. When he was thirteen, Dickens went back

to school for two years. He later learned shorthand and became a

freelance court reporter. He started out as a journalist at the

age of twenty and later wrote his first novel, The Pickwick Papers. He

went on to write many other novels, including Tale of Two Cities in


Tale of Two Cities takes place in France and England during the

troubled times of the French Revolution. There are travels by the

characters between the countries, but most of the action takes place

in Paris, France. The wineshop in Paris is the hot spot for the French

revolutionists, mostly because the wineshop owner, Ernest Defarge, and

his wife, Madame Defarge, are key leaders and officials of the

revolution. Action in the book is scattered out in many places; such

as the Bastille, Tellson's Bank, the home of the Manettes, and

largely, the streets of Paris. These places help to introduce many

characters into the plot.

One of the main characters, Madame Therese Defarge, is a major

antagonist who seeks revenge, being a key revolutionist. She is very

stubborn and unforgiving in her cunning scheme of revenge on the

Evermonde family. Throughout...