He was secretly imprisoned in the Bastille for eighteen years, by the twin
Evremonde brothers. He suffers mental trauma from his experiences and often lapses into a confused state. His daughter, Lucie, nurses him back to health.
During the Revolution he is able to postpone the sentence of death on his son-on-law, Charles Darnay and is regarded as a hero by the revolutionaries. A document that he wrote whilst imprisoned is later used in evidence against Darnay in his trial.
Lucie Manette, later Darnay
She is a beautiful young woman who is the central character and impresses
all those around her by her kindness, devotion and compassion. Her character is in direct opposition to Mme. Defarge who is depicted as an unnatural woman entirely consumed by hate and revenge.
He is a French aristocrat and heir to the Evremonde estate at the start of
He is opposed to his uncle’s evil ways and denounces his name and moves to England where he works as a tutor and marries Lucie Manette. He is put on trial during the Revolution for the crimes of his family.
Carton is a lawyer who assists Mr. Stryver, a successful lawyer in London.
He leads a wasted life and drinks excessively, but has an uncanny resemblance to Charles Darnay and he uses this twice in the book to save Darnay’s life. He sees in Darnay everything he could have achieved himself if he had not been tempted to waste his opportunities. It is his love for Lucie that motivates him to make this ultimate sacrifice.
Mr. Jarvis Lorry
Lorry works for Tellson’s Bank and is a loyal friend to the Manette
family. He originally brings the Doctor back to London and also assists in bringing the whole family out of France during the Revolution.
She had a disturbing childhood during which time her entire family was
killed by the Evremonde brothers. This has made her a hard and vengeful woman who uses the Revolution as a means for exacting her revenge on all aristocrats, but in particular the Evremonde family line.
She knits a registry with the names of all those who are condemned. Together with her husband, she owns a wine shop and they are the leaders of a band called the Jacquerie.
She is a forceful English woman who was Lucie’s nursemaid and remains her
devoted servant and protector. Through her last role, she kills Mme. Defarge.
He is a messenger for Tellson’s Bank and is Jarvis Lorry’s bodyguard.
He is also a part-time grave robber.
John Barsad or Solomon Pross
In England he was a police spy and later became a spy in revolutionary
France. When he is recognized by Miss Pross in France, Carton forces him to assist in saving Darnay.