Background.

itemA gloomy prison, dark and filthy, and with a horrible smell of foul sleep in it. is a quotation from A Tale of Two Cities (Book 3, Chapter 1).

A Tale of Two Cities is the twelfth novel by Charles Dickens, originally published in weekly installments between April 1859 and November 1859. It is one of two historical novels by Dickens (the other being Barnaby Rudge). The plot centres on the years leading up to the French Revolution and culminates in the Jacobean Reign of Terror.

 

Context.

This quotation is a description of La Force prison in Paris as Charles Darnay is taken there after being stopped on his return to Paris.

Taken from the passage:

The prison of La Force was a gloomy prison, dark and filthy, and with a horrible smell of foul sleep in it. Extraordinary how soon the noisome flavour of imprisoned sleep, becomes manifest in all such places that are ill cared for!

 

 

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