A Tale of Two Cities was first published as a serial in Charles Dickens’s new weekly periodical All the Year Round, from April to November 1859 in 45 chapters, which appeared over 31 weekly instalments. The 45 chapters of the novel were subdivided into three ‘books’, representing different parts of the story. Book 1 (titled Recalled to Life) contains the first 6 chapters. Book 2 (The Golden Thread) contains the next 24, and Book 3 (The Track of a Storm) contained the final 15 chapters.

You can read all of the Charles Dickens novel A Tale of Two Cities at The Circumlocution Office. Use the chapter links below to access a particular chapter. We have included some prominent quotations from the novel here.

Book 3 Chapter List.

CHAPTER 1. In Secret.

A gloomy prison, dark and filthy, and with a horrible smell of foul sleep in it.

A Tale of Two Cities (Book 3, Chapter 1).

CHAPTER 2. The Grindstone.

CHAPTER 3. The Shadow.

CHAPTER 4. Calm in Storm.

CHAPTER 5. The Wood-Sawyer.

CHAPTER 6. Triumph.

CHAPTER 7. A Knock at the Door.

CHAPTER 8. A Hand at Cards.

Chapter 9. The Game Made.

CHAPTER 10. The Substance of the Shadow.

There is prodigious strength in sorrow and despair.

A Tale of Two Cities (Book 3, Chapter 10).

CHAPTER 11. Dusk.

CHAPTER 12. Darkness.

CHAPTER 13. Fifty-two.

CHAPTER 14. The Knitting Done.

CHAPTER 15. The Footsteps Die Out For Ever.

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.

A Tale of Two Cities (Book 3, Chapter 15).