How was England different from France according to Charles Dickens in A Tale of Two Cities?

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London is presented as a stable place where tradition and honor hold sway. There is a strict class structure, but all the classes seem to get along by and large.

Paris is the central place of the French Revolution and therefore, a hotbed of chaos and bloodshed. Even before the revolution, it is presented as a corrupt place, with the aristocrats mistreating the peasant populace, running over small children, abusing the poor, and even committing rape and murder without having to answer to the authorities for any of their monstrous behavior.

Miss Pross and Mr. Lorry are representative of the general London populace: straitlaced, dependable, and loyal. Madame Defarge represents the revolutionary Paris in her desire for vengeance and self-destructive craving to destroy anyone who gets in her way.

England is different to Revolutionary France in that the rule of law still prevails. In France, the Great Terror is in full swing, with thousands of unfortunate individuals hauled up before...

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