CliffsNotes on Dickens' A Tale of Two Cities

CliffsNotes on Dickens' A Tale of Two Cities

by Marie Kalil, Charles Dickens


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In CliffsNotes on A Tale of Two Cities, you experience one of Charles Dickens's most important works as he recounts the horrors of the French Revolution in what amounts to a cautionary tale warning of the possibility of revolution in 18th-century England. From its first line ("It was the best of times, it was the worst of times") to its last ("It is a far, far better thing that I do, than I have ever done; it is a far, far better rest that I go to than I have ever known"), Dickens's novel of revolution, sacrifice, and redemption continues to captivate modern imaginations.

Chapter summaries and commentaries lead you through Dickens's "Tale," and critical essays give you insight into the women of A Tale of Two Cities and the French Revolution. Other features that help you study include

  • Character analyses of the main characters
  • A character map that graphically illustrates the relationships among the characters
  • A section on the life and background of Charles Dickens
  • A review section that tests your knowledge
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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780764586064
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date: 06/05/2000
Series: Cliffs Notes Series
Pages: 128
Sales rank: 230,737
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 8.25(h) x 0.32(d)

About the Author

MARIE KALIL received her M.A. from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, specializing in nineteenth-century British and American Literature. She has taught at the University of Nebraska at Omaha and Iowa Western Community College.

Table of Contents

Life and Background of the Author.

Introduction to the Novel.

Critical Commentaries.

Book the First: Recalled to Life.

Chapter 1: The Period.

Chapter 2: The Mail.

Chapter 3: The Night Shadows.

Chapter 4: The Preparation.

Chapter 5: The Wine-shop.

Chapter 6: The Shoemaker.

Book the Second: The Golden Thread.

Chapter 1: Five Years Later.

Chapter 2: A Sight.

Chapter 3: A Disappointment.

Chapter 4: Congratulatory.

Chapter 5: The Jackal.

Chapter 6: Hundreds of People.

Chapter 7: Monseigneur in Town.

Chapter 8: Monseigneur in the Country.

Chapter 9: The Gorgon's Head.

Chapter 10: Two Promises.

Chapter 11: A Companion Picture.

Chapter 12: The Fellow of Delicacy.

Chapter 13: The Fellow of No Delicacy.

Chapter 14: The Honest Tradesman.

Chapter 15: Knitting.

Chapter 16: Still Knitting.

Chapter 17: One Night.

Chapter 18: Nine Days.

Chapter 19: An Opinion.

Chapter 20: A Plea.

Chapter 21: Echoing Footsteps.

Chapter 22: The Sea Still Rises.

Chapter 23: Fire Rises.

Chapter 24: Drawn to the Loadstone Rock.

Book the Third: The Track of a Storm.

Chapter 1: In Secret.

Chapter 2: The Grindstone.

Chapter 3: The Shadow.

Chapter 4: Calm in Storm.

Chapter 5: The Wood-Sawyer.

Chapter 6: Triumph.

Chapter 7: A Knock at the Door.

Chapter 8: A Hand at Cards.

Chapter 9: The Game Made.

Chapter 10: The Substance of the Shadow.

Chapter 11: Dusk.

Chapter 12: Darkness.

Chapter 13: Fifty-two.

Chapter 14: The Knitting Done.

Chapter 15: The Footsteps Die Out Forever.

Character Analyses.

Critical Essays.

CliffsNotes Review.

CliffsNotes Resource Center.


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