Charles Darnay, one of the main characters of A Tale of Two Cities, is arrested three times in the course of the novel, each time on a different charge. He is first arrested in 1780, as a French emigre in Great Britain, for treason against the British Crown, after being falsely accused of having sold information about British troops to the French by a pair of British spies.
After returning to his native France in 1792 at the height of the Reign of Terror to attempt to free a former servant of his family, he is arrested for the second time for the crime of being an emigrant aristocrat, and incarcerated in La Force prison.
Although he is quickly released following the intercession of his father-in-law, Dr. Alexander Manette, he is soon arrested for the third time after Madame Defarge reveals that he is the nephew and heir of the wicked Marquis St. Evremonde. Unbeknownst to Charles, his uncle and father had kidnapped and raped the pregnant sister of Madame Defarge, resulting in her death and that of her child.