Unit 22 A tale of two cities
By Yan Yan May 14th, 2003
Now read the dialogue silently
and find out this information
• 1.What are the two revolutionaries talking
• 2.Where did the revolutionary go?
• 3.Who helped him?
• 4.What did they do?
• They are talking about what they have done
• To a castle.
• A servant helped him.
• They set fire to the castle.
Read the dialogue again and then turn it into a
short passage by filling the right verb forms
• This is a story about what a revolutionary did in the
1789 French Revolution. One morning he got into a
castle by hiding in a farmer’s cart. As it was not yet
light, it was easy for him to stay hiddenThen he waited
by the kitchen door till a servant came to fetch
some wood. The man spoke to her and persuaded
her to let him in. She was a brave woman. She knew
that the revolution was for the poor and that the man
was not an enemy of hers. She helpedhim light a fire
that could be seen for many miles.
Lesson 86 A Tale of Two Cities
Pre- reading discussion
1 Who’s the author of A
tale of two cities? Do
you know him or any of
his fictions?
2 Who are the main
characters in the story?
Please discuss in groups
of four and then tell
your classmates about
them separately.
About the author---- Charles Dickens
He was one of the greatest novelist in
English literature. Born of a poor clerk’s
family, he had little schooling. When he
was ten, his father was put into prison
because of being unable to pay his debts,
and Charles Dickens , being the eldest
son, had to earn a salary of six shillings a
week in the blacking factory.
In 1834, at sixteen, he started working for
a newspaper and thus began his life work
of writing . His first novel The Pickwick
Papers got published, He poured out
novel after novel. “Oliver Twist” The Old
Curiosity Shop. David Copperfield Hard
Times A Tale of Two Cities and Great
Expectations These are generally
regarded as his masterpiece and have
been translated into many languages.
They have been also translated into
Chinese and become favorite books of
Chinese readers.
His Fiction
A Christmas Carol A Tale of Two Cities
American Notes
Barnaby Rudge
Bleak House
David Copperfield
Dombey and Son
Great Expectations
Hard Times
Little Dorrit
Martin Chuzzlewit
Nicholas Nickleby
Oliver Twist
Our Mutual Friend
The Mystery of Edwin Drood
The Old Curiosity Shop
The Pickwick Papers
Our present text is adopted from a chapter of
Dickens”A Tale of Two Cities” It was a novel
completed in 1859 The “two cities” refers to Paris
the scene of the story and London, where the hero of
the novel spent his remaining time
Watch and say: Who are they?
• Mr Manette:
• He was the father of Lucie.
One day he was called to
attend the young peasant
and his sister. But after the
death of the two , he was
put in prison by the
Marquis St. Evremonde
and his brother so that he
would keep silent over the
matter. Many years later
he was set free. Then he
was brought to England
where his mental health
and strength gradually got
• Lucie Manette:
• She was the daughter of
Dr Manette. Her mother
died when she was a baby.
She was brought up in
England. She managed to
find her father in Paris and
brought him back to
England where his mental
gradually got better. Later
• Charles Darnay:
• He was the nephew of the cruel
Marquis St. Evremonde. He had
left France because he hated crele
deeds of the French nobles and
the way they treated the peasants.
He preferred to give up the
fortune that would one day come
to him, and went to live in
• He fell in love with Lucie Manette
and married her. During the
French Revolution, he was put in
prison and was sentenced to death
because he had been a member of
the St. Evremonde family. But he
was rescued by his friend Sydney
and left Paris with Lucie and Dr
• Sydney Carton
• He was a single man. He
Darnay very much and
also fell in love with Lucie.
He promised her that he
would do anything he
could for her to make sure
of happiness. He managed
to get into the prison to
visit Charles and changed
clothes with him. He had
his head cut off, but
Charles was saved. He
carried out the promise he
had made to Lucie many
years before.
• Monsieur Defarge:
• He was the owner of a wine
shop in Paris. During the Frech
Revolution, he became one of
the leaders . He found a letter in
the Bastille. The letter had been
written by Dr Manette and had
been hidden behind a stone in
the little room where he was
kept a prisoner.
• Madame Defarge:
• She was the sister of the peasant
boy and girl who had been so
badly treated by the St.
Evremonde brothers. She was
one of those who were eager to
have Charles sentenced to death.
• The Marquis St.
• He and his brother
were called French
nobles they treated
the peasants very
badly. They killed
a young peasant
and his sister, put
Dr Manette into
the Bastille.
Read the text and fill in the blanks:
In 1775, Lucie called at
a wine shop in Paris because she
alive Defarge,once a
servant of Dr.Manette,was pleased at their _______.When
she saw
learned the news that his father was still
his father ,she realized he had been ______
disturbed by a
long prison for no good reason but only to keep silent over a
matter.After their return to England, two young men fell in love
strangely they looked as if they were twins. Though
with Lucie.________,
Lucie _______
promised her that he
Charles, Carton __________
would always do anything he could for her to make
sure her
Lesson 87 Read the second part of the story and
answer the questions(fill in the blanks)
• What did the peasants and the poor people in cities do
in the revolution? Why?
• Why did Charles Darnay return to Paris from London?
• What happened to him on his arrival in Paris?
• For what was Charles sentenced to death?
• What did Sydney Carton do while Charles was in
• How did Sydney save Charles? Why did he do so?
took up their
In 1789,____________started
in France ,the poor _________
guns and knives to kill the rich________.Later,
Darney found a
addressed him . On reading it , he
letter from France __________to
returned to rescue
______a servant of his family .However , he was
recognized as a noble and thrown
______into prison . Unfortunately , he
was sentenced to death
______because he was the nephew of the cruel
Marquis who had ______________to
the peasant boy and his
done wrong
sister many years before . Because of his love to Lucie,
a way
ofto rescue Darney .He had his head ______.
cut offWith his arrangement, they left Paris safe .
Read the whole text once again
and try to find the main idea of it
– What is our text about?
• In the book the author shows strong hatred for
cruelty of the nobles and express
sympathy for the lower class people, The story
develops around a French doctor, named
Manette, through whose eyes we can see how
the French people , during the years before the
revolution in 1789, were oppressed and
exploited under the rule of the emperor, and
how they struggled for their freedom.
Translation work 佳句赏析
• It is a far, far better thing that I do, than I have ever done; it
is a far, far better rest that I go to, than I have ever known.
• It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the
age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the
epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the
season of light, it was the season of darkness, it was the
spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had
everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all
going direct to heaven, we were all going direct the other
way--in short, the period was so far like the present period,
that some of its noisiest authorities insisted on its being
received, for good or for evil, in the superlative degree of
comparison only.
• 我现在已做的远比我所做过的一切都美好;我将获得的休息远比
我所知道的一切都甜 蜜。
愚昧的年头;那是信仰 的时期,那是怀疑的时期;那是光明的季
节,那是黑暗的季节;那是希望的春天,那是失望 的冬天;我们
跟现在非常相 象,某些最喧嚣的权威坚持要用形容词的最高级来
形容它。说它好,是最高级的;说它不 好,也是最高级的。
• The wind is rushing after us, and the
clouds are flying after us, and the
moon is plunging after us, and the
whole wild night is in pursuit of us;
but, so far we are pursued by nothing
The two stand in the fast-thinning throng of victims, but
they speak as if they were alone. Eye to eye, voice to voice,
hand to hand, heart to heart, these two children of the
Universal Mother, else so wide apart and differing, have
come together on the dark highway, to repair home together,
and to rest in her bosom.
Charles Darnay seemed to stand in a company of the dead.
Ghosts all! The ghost of beauty, the ghost of stateliness,
the ghost of elegance, the ghost of pride, the ghost of
frivolity, the ghost of wit, the ghost of youth, the ghost of
age, all waiting their dismissal from the desolate shore, all
turning on him eyes that were changed by the death they
had died in coming there.