The pre-revolutionary monarchical, aristocratic rule of France.
A lawyer who handles court cases.
A French aristocrat's country home.
A prison in Paris.
A disparaging term for women in the nineteenth century.
Two weeks; fourteen days.
An attic or room on the top floor of a house or apartment.
A heavy blade held up by two posts which is dropped on the victim's neck in order to behead the victim.
A coach for hire; an older equivalent of a taxi.
Man in charge of a hotel.
An accomplice who assists in menial or slightly disreputable acts.
letter de cachet
A sealed letter, especially from a sovereign, often ordering arbitrary imprisonment.
Before the introduction of railways there were two types of coaches on English roads: the mail-coach and the stage-coach. The mail-coaches were subsidized by the Post Office, whereas stage-coaches were privately owned.
A man whose profession is to grind wheat. Millers are usually portrayed as all white because they are covered in flour.
The Old Bailey Court, the central court where criminals were prosecuted.
A long spear.
Man who rides the near horse of the leaders to guide the horses drawing a coach.
A spiced fruit beverage with an alcoholic base.
An antiquated punishment for criminals involving dismembering them into four parts.
Slang for a pound (British currency).
A person who digs up dead bodies to sell parts of them to scientists. Also called "Resurrectionist."
A district of Paris very active in the revolution, especially in the storming of the Bastille.
Scribe or copier.
Type of brakes under a carriage.
Powdered tobacco inhaled through the nose.
A lawyer who handles wills and estates and most matters not involving a court.
A ghost or apparition.
A London landmark located near Tellson's Bank.
Tower of London
The state prison in London.
A crude two-wheeled cart used to carry prisoners to be executed in the French Revolution.
A city southwest of Paris known for the opulent French royal palace built for King Louis XIV.
someone for whom someone else has responsibility, especially financially
In Dickens's time, a disreputable district of London.
A man who chops wood.
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...