Characters of A Tale of Two Cities.

 

Marquis St. Evrémonde

Charles Darnay’s uncle and twin brother of Charles Darnay’s deceased father, symbolises the arrogant, French aristocracy. Referred to in the novel as “Monseigneur” and “Monsieur”.

 

Charles Darnay.

A French aristocrat and nephew of Marquis St. Evrémonde, he moves to London to start a new life and becomes a teacher. In disgust at the cruelty of his family to the French peasantry he renounces his rights to the Evrémonde title and changes his surname.

 

Sydney Carton.

Alcoholic lawyer who bears a striking resemblance to Darnay.

 

The Evrémonde brothers look on as Dr. Manette tends to patient. Illustration by Fred Barnard dating from the 1870s.

The Evrémonde brothers look on as Dr. Manette tends to patient. Illustration by Fred Barnard dating from the 1870s.

Doctor Alexandre Manette.

Once a highly respected Doctor, Manette was falsely imprisoned in the Bastille for 18 years. He was placed there because he knows a secret of the Evrémonde family that they are afraid he will release.

 

Lucie Manette.

Dr. Manette’s devoted and compassionate daughter.

Monsieur Defarge.

The owner of a French wine shop and leader of the Jacquerie. Once a servant to Dr. Manette. One of the key revolutionary leaders, he embraces the revolution as a noble cause, unlike many other revolutionaries.

 

Madame Defarge.

The vengeful revolutionary wife of Monsieur Defarge.

 

Jerry Cruncher.

Body snatcher. Cruncher’s lives in lodgings in Hanging-sword-alley, which was ‘not in a savoury neighbourhood’.

 

 

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