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.
A British spy who swears that his only motive is patriotism.
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.
Another associate of Defarge; he mends roads.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A nickname for a friend of Madame Defarge who is a leading revolutionary in Saint Antoine.
A Tale of Two Cities Questions and Answers
The Question and Answer section for A Tale of Two Cities is a great
resource to ask questions, find answers, and discuss the novel.
I think that class struggle and extreme inequality were the driving forces behind the unspeakable violence of the French revolution. Such a disparity within a society is fertile ground for violent insurrection and misery.
Sydney Carton imagines that he could be a good man free of vices like drink. Lucie tries to assure him that this is possible. Carton, however, believes being happy is a dream. At the end of the novel, Carton has similar dreams/visions before he is...