A Tale of Two Cities: How does one character make some type of sacrifice for someone else?Choose from Mr. Lorry, CHARLES DARNAY, DOCTOR MANETTE, or Lucie Manette. (Please provide a quote)

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With the theme "Recalled to Life" in A Tale of Two Cities, several characters find themselves back in circumstances from which they have come long ago.  Dr. Manette, for instance, is brought back to the living from the Bastille where he has been imprisoned for fourteen years.  After Mr. Lorry retrieves his damaged soul from the DeFarges, he brings Manette to live with his daughter Lucie in London.  However, when her daughter, in an ironic twist of fate, marries the son of the family who is responsible for his imprisonment, fate inevitably steps into his life again.

In his native France, of course, the Revolution is being waged, and his son-in-law is imprisoned.  When Manette arrives, he is at first honored as a prisoner of the old regime. 

The Doctor knew, that up to that time, his imprisonment had been associated in the minds of his daughter and his firend, with his personal affliction deprivation, and weakness.  Now that this was changed, and he knew himself to be invested through that old trial with forces to which they both looked for Charles's ultimate safety and deliverane, he became so far exalted by the change, that he took the lead and direction, and required them as the weak, to trust to him as the strong.....the Doctor tired hard, and never ceased trying, to get Charles Darnay set at liberty....(Chapter 4, Book the Third)

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