A Tale of Two Cities - Book 2, Chapter 4 Summary & Analysis

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Book 2, Chapter 4 Summary

Charles Darnay is treated to congratulations by Doctor Manette, Lucie, and Mr. Lorry and Mr. Stryver after the trial. Darnay thanks Stryver vigorously for his help. Darnay and Carton dine together. It is clear that Carton, who is a strong drinker, does not like Darnay and makes him uncomfortable. Carton prompts Darnay to toast his pleasure, which, of course, is Lucie Manette. Darnay pays the bill. It seems as though, strangely, Carton envies the acquitted prisoner, perhaps because of Lucie's attitude towards him.

Book 2, Chapter 4 Analysis

This chapter contains a kind of irony regarding the fate of Mr. Charles Darnay. Despite the congratulations he receives, he seems to be the object of envy and perhaps even some kind of undeserved contempt by Mr. Carton, whose resemblance to him and perhaps his help to Mr. Stryker was a partial contributor to his victory.

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