A Tale of Two Cities Quickfire
I’m a sucker for a romance–especially when it involves obstacles. When I pick up a novel, I always hope that a great romance is about to unfold. The romance in A Tale of Two Cities, though, is not the one I expected.
After developing this perfect creature (Lucie) and the mysterious man (Darnay), I expected the works: courtship, marriage, etc. While this happens, it is hardly the focus of the novel. What surprised me, I guess, was the romance of war, justice, and morality. Dickens goes into such detail about the priviledged lives of the aristocrats and the difficult lives of the impoverished–and what a contrast that is. From drinking wine on the ground to terrible acts of violence, the poor of France grab the heart of the story.
Lucie and Darnay? I know they will be more of a focus in the “Book the Third” with Darnay determined to return to France, but will it shift the romance aspect back to them? I’m not sure I care. There are people fighting for liberty and right and wrong, and that seems so much more important than Lucie Darnay. I’m hooked to the romance of revolution.