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Why does Dr. Manette believe his past imprisonment "all tended to a good end, ...it was...

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mizzhellokitty21 | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted March 5, 2007 at 10:06 PM via web

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Why does Dr. Manette believe his past imprisonment "all tended to a good end, ...it was not mere waste and ruin"?

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dymatsuoka | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

Posted June 19, 2007 at 11:41 AM (Answer #1)

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Dr. Manette's unjust eighteen-year incarceration has made him a kind of symbol or folk hero to the revolutionaries who have just overthrown the government which imprisoned him. This status gives him a certain influence which he uses to protect his daughter's husband, Charles Darnay, who is in prison now and in danger of being executed by the new regime. Dr. Manette finds that his years in chains have given him a strength and power that he will use to restore Darnay to his beloved daughter Lucie.

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