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Please give the role, physical description, and characteristics of the following: Lucie and Dr. Manette,  Mr. Lorry, Miss Pross, John Barsad, C.J. Stryver, and Mr. and Mrs. Defarge  

A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens

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Posted August 2, 2011 at 2:13 PM (Answer #1)

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Lucie Manette - A stereotypical Victorian heroine, Lucie represents "the golden thread" that connects to her father, her husband, her friends, and her children.  She is blond and delicate, subject to fainting spells.  Lucie is seventeen when she first sees her father.

Dr. Manette - Imprisoned for eighteen years in the Bastille, Manette is a broken man with white hair when he is released.  But, he recovers and becomes friends with Mr. Lorry, his double. He permits Darnay to marry Lucie, prohibiting him from revealing his true identity until the day of the marriage. Ironically, he saves Charles Darnay from prison, when it was his father and uncle who were responsible for his having been incarcerated.  But, he cannot get Charles released once the Defarges condemn him.

Mr. Lorry - a gentleman in his sixties who is the representative of Tellson's Bank.  Mr. Lorry is the liason between London and Paris and, as such he takes Lucie to meet her father, and he helps Dr. Manette recover from his horrible ordeal.  He is a neat man of business, but he is always near whenever the Manette's need him.

Miss Pross - is a gruff, mannish woman with red hair. She is fiercely loyal and protective of Lucie Manette, having been her nurse when Lucie was a child.  Miss Pross is instrumental in Darnay's escape from Paris as she kills Madame Defarge when she comes to kill Lucie.  As a spinster, she is the counterpart to the old bachelor, Mr. Lorry.

John Barsad - is also Solomon Pross, the brother of Miss Pross.  The antithesis of his loyal sister, Barsad is a double-spy who appears at Darnay's trial for treason in Book the Second. He appears again at the Defarges' wine-shop, then at La Force.  It is Barsad that Sydney Carton forces to allow him into Darnay's cell.  When Miss Pross spots him on the streets of Paris, he denies being Solomon.

C. J. Stryver - Mainly known for "shouldering his way" to lucrative practice, to marriage proposals, and to bullying Sydney Carton, Stryver takes the credit for the genius of Carton.  Nevertheless, he chides Carton, the "idlest and most unpromising of man." But, he exploits Carton's genius and wins many cases at Old Bailey.

Ernest Defarge - The former manservant of Dr. Manette, Defarge owns the wine-shop where the Jacques come and where the spy Barsad is first spotted.  After the revolution has begun, Defarge brings Dr. Manette to a room where the other Jacques watch him.  Defarge is for the revolution, but he is reluctant to see the aristocracy that he knows killed.  Ernest Defarge is a dark, broad and strong man, but he is somewhat reluctant to join his wife in her bloodthirsty plan of revenge.

Therese Defarge - The dark and stoic wife of Defarge, she is evil personified.  As she sits at the counters of the wine-shop, she knits the names of all the aristocrats about whom she hears, condemning them to perdition.  When she does not find Lucy at her home, Madame Defarge appears before Miss Pross with a gun, but Pross--"I am an Englishwoman"--gets the best of her.  Ever the faithful servant ro Lucie, Miss Pross kills Madame Defarge. Lucie escapes her clutches and lives to be reunited with Darnay who has been saved by Sydney Carton.

 

 

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