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If he [Carton] had given any utterance to his, and they were prophetic, they would have been these …’ 28 The woman in question is Madame Roland, much praised by Carlyle and others for her demeanour in the face of death. ’ This was the pithiest and most memorable statement of her life. For Madame Roland, a refusal and a moment of panic produced a high degree of articulateness. Placed in an equivalent position, Carton says both less and more than she did. Directed to the reader rather than to the crowd, his words combine the epigrammatic quality of her actual utterance with the expansiveness she apparently desired.

Unlike previous Evrémondes, he is full of good intentions towards others. At first, he also displays significantly greater practical abilities than Monseigneur and his kind; after all, he is able to make a living in England while pursuing the unremunerative trade of modern language tutoring. However, Darnay is a less competent figure than he initially seems. A Tale’s strangest narrative omission does much to highlight his problematic treatment of his continental heritage. He visits his wicked uncle in the French countryside; immediately after his visit, the uncle is killed by an avenger from the lower classes.

Tidkins appears in Reynolds’s lurid, lengthy, surpassingly popular and much-condemned serial, The Mysteries of London, 4 vols. (London: George Vickers, 1846). See especially Mysteries, I, ch. 27, where Tidkins is interestingly juxtaposed with a venerable Republican agitator, quite a different sort of man. 9. On the citoyennes tricoteuses of Paris, see Dominique Godineau, The Women of Paris and their French Revolution, trans. Katherine Streip (Berkeley: University of California Press, 1998). 10.

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