A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens

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Book the Second, Chapters 10 and 11 Summary and Analysis


One year has passed, and Charles Darnay has become a very successful French teacher in London. In addition to private tutoring, he teaches at Cambridge, where he drives “a contraband trade in European languages” instead of focusing on Greek and Latin. He pays a visit to Dr. Manette to declare his love for Lucie. Dr. Manette appears distressed but promises not to speak against him if Lucie reciprocates his feelings. Darnay asks if Lucie has any other suitors, and Dr. Manette tells him that Carton and Stryver might be courting her. Darnay attempts to reveal his true surname (Darnay is not his real name) to Dr. Manette, but Dr. Manette insists that he wait until the morning of the wedding—if Lucie wants to marry him. Later on, Lucie finds her father working at his shoemaker's bench and is distraught. They walk the hallway together until Dr. Manette is able to sleep.

Meanwhile, Stryver announces to Sydney Carton that he intends to marry Lucie—though he does not consider the possibility that she...

(The entire section is 327 words.)