By Charles Dickens, Richard Maxwell (editor)
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Though Manette is separated from his shoemaking equipment before his daughter’s return, we are now fully aware – perhaps more so than he is himself – of his struggle to keep his sanity, of his unusually intense need for his daughter and of his sternly repressed hatred for her husband. In the historical-fictional scheme of A Tale, Manette’s doubled anger at Darnay cannot be completely articulated until the Bastille is overrun and liberated. Defarge, Manette’s old servant, finds his former master’s confession and curse on his persecutors hidden in his cell; the confession can be used against Darnay after the latter is lured back to Paris and put on trial as a former aristocrat and a member of the very family who wronged Manette.
16 The narrower and more limited emphasis, both in Dickens and in earlier English thinkers such as Young, is on a cause–effect relation between a corrupt set of social practices and what is seen as its direct result. 9). These are the words of a determined social reformer, set on promoting improvements which will make revolutions unnecessary. Dickens’s study of cause and effect turns not only on references to a hungry, oppressed French people, but on the evocation of several familiar topics. The first of these is the legend of the Bastille.
Dickens’s study of cause and effect turns not only on references to a hungry, oppressed French people, but on the evocation of several familiar topics. The first of these is the legend of the Bastille. Cardinal Richelieu had gradually turned this royal fortress (adjacent to the Faubourg Saint-Antoine) into a state prison; Louis XIV used it to incarcerate those he deemed his particular enemies, such as his superintendent of finance, Nicholas Fouquet, and – according to a rumour spread by Voltaire and others – the Man in the Iron Mask.