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It was the best of times it was the worst of times it was the age of wisdom it was the age of foolishness Dickens begins A Tale of Two Cities with this famous sentence It describes the spirit of the era in which this novel takes place This era is the latter part of the 1700s - a time when relations between Britain and France were strained America declared its independence and the peasants of France began one of the bloodiest revolutions in history In short it was a time of liberation and a time of terrible violence Dickens describes the two cities at the center of the novel Paris a city of extravagance aristocratic abuses and other evils that lead to revolution and London a city rife with crime capital punishment and disorder In both cities the capabilities of an angry mob were a dangerous thing to be feared by all The tale begins on a road between London and Dover in southern England in 1775 Three strangers in a carriage are traveling along this dangerous road The carriage encounters a messenger on a horse who asks for one of the passengers Jarvis Lorry of Tellsons Bank They are wary because the messenger could be a highwayman robber or other undesirable However Mr Lorry ventures out into the rain to receive the message He recognizes the messenger as a man named Jerry who works for Tellsons Bank as well Jerry tells him to wait at Dover for the young lady Lorry tells Jerry to relay to the people at the Bank this message Recalled to Life Jerry has no idea what it means and rides off into the rain Dickens then ponders how the heart of a person is a true mystery Lorry can tell who or at least of what class the two other passengers are Traveling on Lorry dozes in and out of dreams His dreams reveal to
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