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What promise concerning his past does Darnay make to Dr. Manette in A Tale of Two Cities?

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Posted March 7, 2011 at 3:08 AM via web

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What promise concerning his past does Darnay make to Dr. Manette in A Tale of Two Cities?

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litteacher8 | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

Posted March 7, 2011 at 3:31 AM (Answer #1)

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Darnay promises to reveal his true name to Dr. Manette.  Charles feels guilty for hiding his true identity from Dr. Manette, since he is also a Frenchman.  He does not feel right about marrying Lucie until Dr. Manette knows the truth.  Dr. Manette is fully aware of his own fragile psychological condition, and suspects that the truth of Darnay’s identity might be too much for him and cause him to suffer a relapse.  When Darnay tries to tell him the truth, he refuses to hear it.  He finally agrees to let Charles tell him when the two get married, because Charles insists.  Dr. Manette knows that if he does relapse then, he will have the honeymoon to recover without Lucie knowing what happened.

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