Was Doctor Manette imprisoned in the Tower of London?Darnay mentioned that while he was imprisoned in the Tower of London, he heard that workmen had found the word "D.I.G" in a cell. Beneath stone...

Was Doctor Manette imprisoned in the Tower of London?

Darnay mentioned that while he was imprisoned in the Tower of London, he heard that workmen had found the word "D.I.G" in a cell. Beneath stone and ashes, papers and a small leather case were found. After hearing this, Dr. Manette became ill. What is the link between Dr. Manette and the Tower of London?

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Dr. Alexander Manette, father of Lucie Manette, was wrongfully imprisoned in the Bastille in France for 18 years for trying to report a rape.  After Lucie finds him and brings him to London, he still experiences a type of "prison" with his trance-like relapses that occur when he is under duress, causing him to forget who he is and making him incapable of doing anything other than making shoes. His letter was discovered by Monsieur Defarge in the chimney of his old cell in the Bastille.

When Charles Darnay, his son-in-law, is imprisoned and charged with treason, Doctor Manette agains reverts back to his trance-like state when his journals are read in a court in Paris.

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