14 x 9.8 cm vignetted
Ninth illustration for A Tale of Two Cities in A Tale of Two Cities, American Notes, Pictures from Italy, The Charles Dickens Library Edition (1910), vol. 13, facing p. 97.
The illustration prepares the reader for the swelling tide of Revolution across the Channel in Book Two, "The Golden Thread." In this quiet corner of the great metropolis, itself the alter-ego of the turbulent French capital, Doctor Manette's guests for tea seem to hear the echoes of the multitude's footsteps in the streets of St. Antoine, hastening towards the Bastille. [Commentary continued below.]
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Scanned image and text by Philip V. Allingham.
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