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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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