Come now, Dr. and Miss Manette. Let us return home to London.
The trial of Charles Darnay
I know it seems bad, but I believe the jury is in your favor.
The marquis runs over the child with his carriage
You dogs! I would ride over any of you very willingly, and exterminate you from the Earth!
This scene is the one that influenced the whole plot, and is the first major event of the text. Mr. Lorry had received a message that Dr. Manette had been "recalled to life", so he met up with the Doctor's daughter Lucie to inform her. Together, they went to Paris to retrieve Dr. Manette and return him to London. He had been in the Bastille and escape when it was stormed, and had gone to stay with Monsieur Defarge. Lucie and Lorry find him in the Defarges' attic and bring him back home.
Darnay asks Dr. Manette if he can marry Lucie and they get married
Charles Darnay is an aristocrat who left France and moved to England, and was then tried as a traitor. He had met the Manettes on the ship to England, and had befriended them. They go to the trial and testify as witnesses, as does a spy. Using the knowledge of the spy's identity, Darnay's defense is able to convince the jury that the spy was confused with what he saw by pointing out the startling similarity between Darnay and the lawyer Sydney Carton. This scene introduced both of these incredibly important characters, and points out the crucial resemblance between the two which plays a significant point later on.
Charles Darnay's final trial
Charles Darnay is sentenced to death!
After a lavish party, the marquis gets in his carriage and leaves the estate with haste. He drives into town and in his rush, he runs over and kills a small child. The crowd is outraged and the child's father is devastated, yet the marquis yells at and scolds them all. He tells them how worthless they are to him, and that he would gladly run over any of them. Monsieur Defarge comes over to console the father, and the marquis throws them a coin for their trouble. This scene is an important trigger and later even leads to the marquis' death. It provides the reader with a direct example of the crimes of the aristocracy, and gives reason to why the peasants hate them.
The death of Sydney Carton
After Charles Darnay's trial is successful, he, Mr. Lorry, Sydney Carton, and occasionally Mr. Stryver frequently visit the Manettes. Over the time that they get to know each other, Darnay and two of the other men realize they have feelings for Lucie. Darnay goes to Dr. Manette one day and asks for Lucie's hand in marriage, and Dr. Manette agrees as long as Lucie also loves Darnay in return. Darnay then admits that his last name is not truly Darnay, and prepares to disclose his true name to Dr. Manette. (Continued on doc)
Please sir, may I marry her?
Only if she loves you in return.
Once Charles Darnay returns to France, he is recognized as an aristocrat and gets arrested. Dr. Manette, Lucie, and her daughter hurry to France as soon as they notice Darnay has left, and Dr. Manette sets to work on defending Darnay. The trial goes well and Darnay is released, until a letter Dr. Manette had written years ago is found. In it, he describes crimes committed by Darnay's father and uncle, the marquis, and condemns the entire Evremonde family line. With the letter as evidence, the court sentences Darnay to death within twenty four hours. This scene serves as the climax of the novel and again, is life changing to all of the main characters.
Even though years have passed, Sydney Carton is still in love with Lucie and proves that he would still die for someone she loved. Having also come to France, Carton recognized a spy who was currently working at the prison Darnay was being kept at. He threatens to reveal the spy's identity, and convinces him to give him an opportunity to see Darnay in prison. Once Darnay's fate is decided, Carton takes advantage of his deal with the spy and goes to Darnay's cell. There, the two switch clothes and Carton drugs Darnay, taking his place in the prison. The next day, Darnay is on his way home safely to England and Carton is off to the foot of the Guillotine. (rest on doc)
It is a far, far better thing that I do, that I have ever done; it is a far, far better rest that I go to, than I have ever known.