A Tale of Two Cities

A Tale of Two Cities Character List

Sydney Carton

A London lawyer who had great potential but has fallen into a life of alcoholism and vice. He serves as an informal legal advisor to Stryver, and he looks remarkably like Charles Darnay.

Roger Cly

A British spy who swears that his only motive is patriotism.

Jerry Cruncher

An odd-job man for Tellson's Bank whose side job is to act as a "resurrection man," which involves digging up dead bodies and selling their parts to scientists.

Monsieur Ernest Defarge

Former servant of Doctor Manette and currently a revolutionary who helps orchestrate the French Revolution from his wine-shop in the Parisian suburb of Saint Antoine. He assumes the name of Jacques Four when engaging in revolutionary activity.

Monsieur Theophile Gabelle

A French postmaster whose harassment by revolutionaries causes Charles Darnay to return to Paris.


A resident of Saint Antoine who is executed for the murder of Monseigneur.

Jacques One, Jacques Two, and Jacques Three

French revolutionaries associated with Defarge.

Jacques Five

Another associate of Defarge; he mends roads.

Jarvis Lorry

A respectable elderly gentleman who is a confidential clerk at Tellson's Bank. He is also an old friend of Doctor Manette. He carried Lucie Manette on the passage back to London after her father was imprisoned.

Dr. Alexander Manette

A Parisian doctor who was imprisoned in the Bastille for eighteen years, he is a loving father to Lucie Manette.

Solomon Pross a.k.a. John Barsad

A spy and informer who serves as a turnkey in the Conciergerie in Paris; brother of Miss Pross.

Monseigneur a.k.a. Marquis Evrémonde

A proud and brutal French aristocrat who shows no regard for the lower classes. His twin brother (now dead) was Charles Darnay's father, making Darnay next in line to inherit when Monseigneur is murdered by revolutionaries.

Charles Saint Evrémonde a.k.a. Charles Darnay

A French emigrant to England who renounces his French title and inheritance. After being acquitted of charges that he acted as a spy, he marries Lucie Manette.

Mr. Stryver

An ambitious London lawyer with a large ego. He is an old friend of Sydney Carton's who informally pays him to assist him.


Coachman of the Dover mail coach.

Mrs. Cruncher

The wife of Jerry Cruncher, she is a religious woman whose husband accuses her of praying against him.

Madame Thérèse Defarge

Monsieur Defarge's ruthless wife and the ringleader of the Saint Antoine female revolutionaries. She constantly knits a register of those who deserve to die at the hands of the revolution.

Lucie Manette

Doctor Manette's daughter, who was born in France but brought to London at a young age. She was a ward of Tellson's Bank and thought she was an orphan until Mr. Jarvis Lorry took her to Paris to meet her father. She marries Charles Darnay.

Miss Pross

Lucie Manette's loyal, red-faced maid.

Marquise Saint Evrémonde

Wife of Monseigneur's twin brother and mother of Charles Darnay.

Lucie Saint Evrémonde

Young daughter of Charles Darnay and Lucie Manette.

The Vengeance

A nickname for a friend of Madame Defarge who is a leading revolutionary in Saint Antoine.