I see that child who lay upon her bosom and who bore my name, a man winning his way up in that path of life which once was mine. I see him winning it so well, that my name is made illustrious there by the light of his. I see the blots I threw upon it, faded away. I see him, fore-most of just judges and honoured men, bringing a boy of my name, with a forehead that I know and golden hair, to this place—then fair to look upon, with not a trace of this day's disfigurement—and I hear him tell the child my story, with a tender and a faltering voice.
The mood of the novel is grim and somber. Dickens presents the stark reality
of the revolution in an intense, dramatic form, and there are very few
incidents that help lighten the grimness. Right from the start, the tragedy
of Dr. Manette seated at his shoemaker's bench drives home the horror
of his experience. The oppression and misery of common people are highlighted
through a series of grim scenes. The bloodthirsty mob, too, presents a
dismal and frightening spectacle. This gloomy atmosphere touches all characters
and relationships. Jerry Cruncher alone presents some comic relief to
an otherwise dark and serious, historic novel.
Doctor Manette, Miss Pross , Lucie, and her small child follow Darnay to Paris, where the Doctor is almost successful in using his power among the revolutionaries as a former Bastille prisoner--like the people, he was oppressed by the ruling regime--to secure Darnay's release. But Darnay is once again denounced by the Defarges, a charge which is made even stronger by Monsieur Defarge's revelation of a paper document that he found in Doctor Manette's former cell in the Bastille. The document recounts that Manette was arbitrarily imprisoned by the Evrémondes for having witnessed their rape of a peasant girl and the murder of her brother. Darnay is brought back to prison and sentenced to death.