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In TOTC, does Dickens believe our lives are circumstances of fate or coincidence

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In A Tale of Two Cities, does Dickens believe that our lives are circumstances of fate or coincidence?  What are some strong examples?  Are there any specific quotes that support this?

Apr 25th, 2015

Coincidence play a major role in the plot of TOTC.  An example of coincidence in the plot is that the father of Lucie Manette, who was unjustly imprisoned by the aristocratic but evil Evremonde family, marries a man named Charles Darnay who is, in fact, a member of that family.  Perhaps the most striking coincidence is that Sydney Carton, a court clerk, is an exact double for Darnay.  Although both Carton and Darnay love Lucie, Carton realizes that he is not worthy of her, as he is essentially a drunken wastrel; however, because of his strong resemblance to Darnay, Carton arranges to take Darnay's place on the guillotine.  There are many good quotes throughout the novel, including, "A wonderful facto to reflect upon, that every human creature is constituted to be that profound secret and mystery to every other."

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