A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens

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Book the Second, Chapters 17 and 18 Summary and Analysis


Lucie Manette and her father are sitting alone in the moonlight beneath a tree. Lucie is to be married to Charles Darnay the next day. Dr. Manette appears to be very happy about the union, saying that his future is “far brighter” when “seen through [her] marriage.” He tells her about the many nights he gazed at the moon from his prison in the North Tower, imagining the little son or daughter who did not know that he was alive. He says he never truly experienced happiness until they were reunited. Later, Lucie steals into his bedroom at night and kisses him in his sleep, praying “that she may ever be as true to him as her love aspired to be, and as his sorrows deserved.”

In the morning, Charles Darnay reveals his true surname to Dr. Manette. Dr. Manette is very shaken, but the wedding proceeds. Lorry and Miss Pross are the only other people in attendance. After Lucie departs, Dr. Manette—who is increasingly sullen—disappears into his...

(The entire section is 334 words.)