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Posted February 29, 2012 at 4:54 AM via web

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How does Mr. Lorry view Carton towards the end of the book?

A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens

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mwestwood | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted February 29, 2012 at 3:56 PM (Answer #1)

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Ironically, Sydney Carton, who is the hero of A Tale of Two Cities, a Christ-figure who dies so that others may be saved, is originally not respected by any but Lucie Manette, the Victorian heroine who sees good in everyone.  When Carton tells Mr. Lorry that he knows the spy who enters La Force, and “If things should go ill with the prisoner, I have ensured access to him, once.”  Mr. Lorry does not see how this will help Charles Darnay, "But access to him,..if it should go ill before the tribunal, will not save hin." 

As Carton notices the sorrow in the elderly gentleman's eyes, he touches Mr. Lorry with great sympathy,  

Lorry, who had never seen the better side of him, was wholly unprepared....He gave him his hand, and Carton gently pressed it.

Indeed, there is a growing respect for Carton in Mr. Lorry.  In Chapter XII of Book the Third, Carton gives Mr. Lorry the pass that he has obtained for them to leave Paris, he instructs him to wait for his place on the stage to be occupied, and then, they will hurry to England.

"Why, then," said Mr. Lorry, grasping his eager but so firm and steady hand, "it does not all depend on one old man, but I shall have a young and ardent man at my side."

Before he leaves, Carton insists that Mr. Lorry keep his promise to him; Lorry replies that he hopes to do his part faithfully. Finally, Mr Lorry is at the appointed point with the stage, and the figure comes to the coach.  Now Mr. Lorry surely knows how courageous Sydney Carton is that he would lay down his life for another.

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