Do you believe at the end chapters 1-6 in Book the Third of A Tale of Two Cities that Darnay is finally safe from the revolution?

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No.  Keeping in mind that Dickens's novel, A Tale of Two Cities, is a narrative of parallels and doubles, the trial of Darnay in Paris parallels that of his trial in England.  For, just as Stryver has played to the crowd in creating doubt regarding the identity of Charles Darnay as the man who passed treasonous papers, so, too, does Darnay play to the sympathies crowd of French as he aligns himself with the prisoner of the Bastille, Manette, and as the loyal friend who returns to save a citizen's life.  Of course, both these instances illustrate the corruption of the justice systems before and after the revolution, pointing to the underlying problem as that in human nature, a problem that will continue. 

Therefore, because of the fickleness of human nature, as well as the vengeful force of Madame Defarge, who has knitted the name of Evremonde and all relatives into her death cloth, Charles Darnay will surely answer for "the sins of the father" and be retried again by the fickle tribunal of the bonnets rouges the Jacques) that also seek redress for all the injustices dealt them by the aristocracy.  As another parallel, in Chapter II of Book the Third, there is an incident that recalls the metaphoric Chapter V of Book the First that presages the French Revolution's bloodbath as the grindstone that sharpens the blades of the guillotine emerges with the hideous and frenzied faces of those who turn it madly drink much as the frenzied residents of Saint Antoine drank the spilled cask of wine,

As these ruffians turned and turned, their matted locks now flung forward over their eyes, now flung backward over their necks, some women held wine to their mouths that they might drink; and what with dropping blood, and what with dropping wine, and what with the stream of sparks struck out of the stone, all their wicked atmosphere seemed gore and fire. The eye could not detect one creature in the group free from the smear of blood. Shouldering one another to get next at the sharpening-stone were men stripped to the waist, with the stain all over their limbs and bodies; men in all sorts of rags, with the stain upon those rags; men devilishly set off with spoils of women’s lace and silk and ribbon, with the stain dyeing those trifles through and through. Hatchets, knives, bayonets, swords, all brought to be sharpened, were all red with it.

This parallel to the spilling of the wine casket in Book the First in the company of the other parallels mentions suggests very strongly that Charles Darnay will, as his mother feared, have to answer for the crimes of the family Evremonde.

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