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A Tale of Two Cities is a book inspired by the time period right before the beginning of the French Revolution that began in 1789 When the story begins it is a dark cold and foggy night in late November of 1775 Mr Jarvis Lorry the main character is leaving London for Paris in a coach for a business trip when he is approached by a ghastly indefinite figure This unidentified person turns out to be man named Jerry with a message for Jarvis The message informs Lorry that Lucies his adopted daughters father is alive and in Paris This mysterious and frightening setting prepares you for the confusing and appealing introduction to the main characters and the plot This setting is important because it reveals what life was like in this time period like in the beginning line It was the best of times it was the worst of times ch1 There was a humungous gap between the lower poor class and the upper wealthy class The bigger class the lower class suffered from many problems Some of these problems were hunger unemployment too much work and it was overcrowding in their living areas During this depressing time poor people were mistreated if they were found guilty of or suspected of revolt In the beginning of the novel Mr Jarvis Lorry is on his way to reunite Dr Manette and his daughter Lucie Dr Manette has never known his daughter or anything about her due to his wrongful imprisonment for eighteen long lonely years He spent most of his daughters life in an attic producing shoes Then five years after the reunion of Dr Manette and Lucie Lucie marries Charles Darnay Sydney Carton the defense lawyer that is drunk often secret loves Lucie too The night before the wedding Charles Darnay confesses to Dr Manette that he is living under an assumed name He reluctantly admits to Dr Manette that he is a member
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