In Book 3, Chapter 15 of A Tale of Two Cities, at the execution, what do they say about Carton?

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As the tumbrils pass, cries are raised against the aristocracy, and they notice that the "leading curiosity" has his arms bound.  On the steps of a church, "the Spy" Basard searches the group for Evremonde as a man shouts his name and cries, "Down with Evremonde!"  Although Basard tells the man to be quiet, he continues to call out, and as the prisoner turns, Basard looks intently at him, then departs.

[Carton's] was the peacefullest man's face ever beheld there. Many added that he looked sublime and prophetic.

After the executions, throughout the city people recall that Carton's face is peaceful because he has recalled the words recited at the funeral of his father:  "I am the Resurrection and the Life..."  For, Carton realizes that by dying for Charles Darnay he has redeemed his dissipated life, he has endeared himself forever to Lucie, and he has attained "sanctuary" in the hearts of his friends.

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