What is the duality between England and France in A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens?

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In A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens, Dickens outlines the duality and contrasts between England and France at the time. More specifically, he outlines the duality between Paris and London. The title, in fact, hints that Dickens will present the story of two cities. He establishes the parallelism and duality between the two cities at the very beginning of the novel:

It was the best of times,
it was the worst of times,
it was the age of wisdom,
it was the age of foolishness...

If it was the best of times, how could it simultaneously be the worst of times? We know that Dickens is writing about these two cities at the time of the French Revolution. It was the best of times in London perhaps, but it was the worst of times in Paris, where chaos reigned. Dickens writes, “Along the Paris streets, the death-carts rumble, hollow and harsh.”

Describing the respective monarchies, Dickens sets up the two cities as near mirror images of one another:

There were a king with a large jaw and a queen with...

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