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Waste forces within him and a desert all around this man stood still on his way across a silent terrace and saw for a moment lying in the wilderness before him a mirage of honorable ambition self-denial and perseverance In the fair city of this vision there were airy galleries from which the loves and graces looked upon him gardens in which the fruits of life hung ripening waters of Hope that sparkled in his sight A moment and it was gone Climbing into a high chamber in a well of houses he threw himself down in his clothes on a neglected bed and its pillow was wet with wasted tears 96This passage shows a side to Sydney Carton idlest and unpromising of men 91 that is not initially apparent Dickens touches upon the fact that secrets lie within all humans and that every human creature is constituted to be that profound secret and mystery to every other 15 tying the passage to the novels theme of individuals all holding secrets and not being quite what they seem Sydney is not a man thought to be concerned much with others or with his own life and makes a point to vocalize this going as far as saying to Charles Darnay I care for no man on earth and no man on earth cares for me 89 displaying his disconnect from the network of life in his city Coming from a man who has emphasized his detachment from the world and its complex relationships between people the moment captured in these lines depicts Sydney as a character full of hope for a more worthwhile way of life versus the seemingly distant man he is portrayed as Waste forces within him refers to that he believes he is not being seen to his full potentials and knows there is more to him than the unpromising man that he is seen as A desert all around refers to
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