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In a Tale of Two Cities, Carton takes a memory of his own creation with him to the grave. He imagines that Lucy and Darnay's child will grow up to be the judge Carton never came to be in his lifetime. This falls in line with Carton's dream-like image of Paris moving past its present turmoil into a new stage of existence. Carton's sacrifice of his own life so that Darnay, Lucy and Sydney can escape is a part of this cycle of death, birth and renewal.
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