Carton rejected

Harry Furniss


13.5 x 8.5 cm vignetted

Fourteenth illustration for A Tale of Two Cities in A Tale of Two Cities, American Notes, Pictures from Italy, Charles Dickens Library Edition (1910), vol. 13, facing p. 144.

Just as, in Mr. Stryver, the egotistical attorney is due for a disappointment in pursuit of Lucie Manette, so the virtuous wastrel genuinely in love with the golden-haired beauty, Sydney Carton, who might have reformed himself under her benign influence, is rejected as a suitor — in favour of his serious double, Charles Darnay. [Commentary continued below.]

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