A Tale of Two Cities Questions and Answers
by Charles Dickens

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How are Madame Defarge and Lucie Monette similar and different in Dickens' A Tale of Two Cities?

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Both Lucie Manette and Madame Defarge of A Tale of Two Cities are flat characters; that is, they do not change throughout the narrative.  Lucie is the stereotypical Victorian heroine who swoons when she feels a little ill.  She is the idyllic heroine, virtuous and devoted to her husband and father. Throughout the novel, Lucie acts as the "golden thread" that keeps Dr. Manette functional and ties Sydney Carton to her as well as her devoted husband, Charles Darnay.  Thus, Lucie...

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