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A Tale of Two Cities

by Charles Dickens

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What happens to Charles Darnay upon his arrival in France?

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When Charles Darnay arrives in France, he is immediately arrested as an “émigré,” one of the nobility who abandoned their estates and went to England, hoping to find allies to put down the revolution and allow them to return. It is true that this description partly describes Darnay, yet he had no intention of returning to France to get involved in overthrowing the revolution. He has come at the request of his former servant who has been arrested for protecting the Evremonde estate. He is placed in La Force prison to await trail. He had left a letter to be delivered to Lucie after he departed. Reading it, she and her father (along with Miss Pross) immediately go to France to be with him. He faces the tribunal, which swiftly inflicts their brand of justice on those who have been arrested, without much concern for facts or the truth.

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