Why are the Manettes in court?

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The court scene is first introduced in Chapter 2 of the Second Book, "The Sight." In this chapter we learn that Charles Darnay is on trial for treason. Lucie and Dr. Manette enter the courtroom as witnesses against Darnay, though Lucie is struck with compassion for him. Chapter 3 elaborates the scene. Lucie is called as a witness because five years earlier she had met Darnay, who, at that time, told her he was traveling by a false name because his business was sensitive in nature. This testimony is one way that the prosecution is trying to prove that Darnay is guilty of treason, of working as a spy. The chapter concludes with the defense bringing in Sydney Carton, the near-identical doppelganger to Darnay. The case is dismissed.


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