[quote float=”right”]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.[/quote]
Marquis St. Evrémonde
Charles Darnay’s uncle and twin brother of Charles Darnay’s deceased father, symbolises the arrogant, French aristocracy. Referred to in the novel as “Monseigneur” and “Monsieur”.
A French aristocrat and nephew of Marquis St. Evrémonde, he moves to London to start a new life and becomes a teacher. In disgust at the cruelty of his family to the French peasantry he renounces his rights to the Evrémonde title and changes his surname.
Alcoholic lawyer who bears a striking resemblance to Darnay.
Doctor Alexandre Manette.
Once a highly respected Doctor, Manette was falsely imprisoned in the Bastille for 18 years. He was placed there because he knows a secret of the Evrémonde family that they are afraid he will release.
Dr. Manette’s devoted and compassionate daughter.
The owner of a French wine shop and leader of the Jacquerie. Once a servant to Dr. Manette. One of the key revolutionary leaders, he embraces the revolution as a noble cause, unlike many other revolutionaries.
The vengeful revolutionary wife of Monsieur Defarge.
Jeremiah “Jerry” Cruncher is employed as a porter for Tellson’s Bank in Fleet Street, London. He earns extra money as a body snatcher, removing bodies from their graves for sale to medical schools and students as cadavers.
Cruncher lives in lodgings in Hanging-sword-alley, which was ‘not in a savoury neighbourhood’, with his wife, who he is abusive to, and son, also called Jerry.
During the story of A Tale of Two Cities, Cruncher accompanies Jarvis Lorry and Lucie Manette to Paris to retrieve Dr. Alexandre Manette.