A Tale of Two Cities is a historical fiction classic written by Charles Dickens. The story is organized or split up into three "books," which span the time period 1775 in Book One to 1792 in Book Three. Therefore, the ages of the characters can be different depending on what part of the story you are analyzing.
The ages of the characters explicitly mentioned by Dickens are as follows, listed in the order in which their age is mentioned:
- Lucie Manette is told to be 17, in Book One, Chapter Four.
- Madame Defarge is told to be 30 in Book One, Chapter Five.
- Charles Danay is told to be 25 in Book Two, Chapter Two.
We must use context clues to determine the ages of characters not explicitly stated. We can assume that Sydney Carton is in his 20s, as he switches places with Charles without notice.
There are chronological clues given for Dr. Mannette. He was imprisoned for 18 years just after being married. If we assume he was married between 18 and 25 years of age, then Dr. Mannette is most likely in his 40s.