A Tale of Two Cities and Great Expectations: Two Novels by Charles Dickens

By Charles Dickens

Two of the main cherished novels in all of English literature—now jointly as a Penguin Enriched eBook.

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A story of 2 CITIES
After eighteen years as a political prisoner within the Bastille, the ageing health care professional Manette is ultimately published and reunited together with his daughter in England. There the lives of the 2 very varied males, Charles Darnay, an exiled French aristocrat, and Sydney Carton, a disreputable yet marvelous English attorney, turn into enmeshed via their love for Lucie Manette. From the tranquil roads of London, they're drawn opposed to their will to the vengeful, bloodstained streets of Paris on the peak of the Reign of Terror, and so they quickly fall lower than the deadly shadow of the guillotine.

GREAT EXPECTATIONS
A terrifying stumble upon with an escaped convict in a graveyard at the wild Kent marshes; a summons to fulfill the sour, decaying pass over Havisham and her attractive, cold-hearted ward Estella; the surprising generosity of a mysterious benefactor—these shape a sequence of occasions that adjustments the orphaned Pip’s lifestyles eternally, and he eagerly abandons his humble origins to start a brand new existence as a gentleman. Dickens's haunting past due novel depicts Pip's schooling and improvement via adversity as he discovers the genuine nature of his "great expectations."

This enriched variation contains: illustrations of 18th century model and tradition in Dickens’s Victorian international, the early reception for either A story of 2 towns and nice expectancies, a filmography of Dickens’s novels, extra interpreting in regards to the writer in addition to what knowledgeable the thematic parts of those vintage novels.

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All but yon widowed, solitary thing 130 That feebly bends beside the plashy spring; [] She, wretched matron, forced, in age, for bread, [] To strip the brook with mantling cresses spread, To pick her wintry faggot from the thorn, To seek her nightly shed, and weep till morn; 135 [] She only left of all the harmless train, The sad historian of the pensive plain. [] Near yonder copse, where once the garden smiled, And still where many a garden flower grows wild; There, where a few torn shrubs the place disclose, 140 The village preacher’s modest mansion rose.

105 We’ll all keep a corner, the lady cried out; We’ll all keep a corner was echoed about. While thus we resolved, and the pasty delayed, With looks that quite petrified, entered the maid; A visage so sad, and so pale with affright, 110 Waked Priam in drawing his curtains by night. [] But we quickly found out, for who could mistake her? That she came with some terrible news from the baker : 62 And so it fell out, for that negligent sloven, Had shut out the pasty on shutting his oven. 115 [] Sad Philomel thus—but let similes drop— And now that I think on’t, the story may stop.

Very right, 20 With wit that’s flighty, learning light; Such as to modern bard’s decreed : A just comparison,—proceed. In the next place, his feet peruse, Wings grow again from both his shoes; 25 Designed no doubt, their part to bear, And waft his godship through the air; And here my simile unites, For in a modern poet’s flights, I’m sure it may be justly said, 30 His feet are useful as his head. Lastly, vouchsafe t’ observe his hand, Filled with a snake encircled wand; By classic authors, termed caduceus, [] And highly famed for several uses.

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