The wretched wife of the innocent man thus doomed to die, fell under the
sentence, as if she had been mortally stricken. But, she uttered no sound; and
so strong was the voice within her, representing that it was she of all the
world who must uphold him in his misery and not augment it, that it quickly
raised her, even from that shock.
Lucie fainted as the sentence was pronounced, as if she had been struck down
dead. But she made no sound. The strong voice inside her reminded her that she
of all people could support Charles in his misery and that she shouldn't add to
it. This thought quickly awoke her from the shock.
The Judges having to take part in a public demonstration out of doors, the
Tribunal adjourned. The quick noise and movement of the court’s emptying itself
by many passages had not ceased, when Lucie stood stretching out her arms
towards her husband, with nothing in her face but love and consolation.
The judges had to leave to take part in a public demonstration outdoors, so
the tribunal adjourned. The noise and movement of people leaving the courtroom
by various hallways was still going on when Lucie stood and reached out to her
husband. There was nothing in the expression on her face but love and
“If I might touch him! If I might embrace him once! O, good citizens, if you
would have so much compassion for us!”
“If I could touch him! If I could embrace him just once! Oh, good citizens,
will you have compassion for us?”
There was but a gaoler left, along with two of the four men who had taken him
last night, and Barsad. The people had all poured out to the show in the
streets. Barsad proposed to the rest, “Let her embrace him then; it is but a
moment.” It was silently acquiesced in, and they passed her over the seats in
the hall to a raised place, where he, by leaning over the dock, could fold her
in his arms.
There was only one jailer left, along with two of the four men who had taken
him the night before. Barsad was there, too. The people had all gone outside to
the demonstration in the streets. Barsad suggested to the others, “Let her
embrace him. It’s only for a moment.” They agreed silently and helped her move
over the seats in the hall to a place higher up where Darnay could embrace her
by leaning over the dock.
“Farewell, dear darling of my soul. My parting blessing on my love. We shall
meet again, where the weary are at rest!”
“Farewell, darling. This is the last blessing I will give you. We will meet
again in Heaven, where the weary finally rest!”
They were her husband’s words, as he held her to his bosom.
This is what Darnay said to Lucie as he held her to his chest.
“I can bear it, dear Charles. I am supported from above: don’t suffer for me.
A parting blessing for our child.”
“I can bear it, my dear Charles. God above supports me. Don’t worry about me.
Give me a parting blessing for our daughter.”
“I send it to her by you. I kiss her by you. I say farewell to her by
“I send it to her through you. I kiss her by kissing you. I say farewell to
her by saying it to you.”
“My husband. No! A moment!” He was tearing himself apart from her. “We shall
not be separated long. I feel that this will break my heart by-and-bye; but I
will do my duty while I can, and when I leave her, God will raise up friends for
her, as He did for me.”
“My husband. No! One moment!” He was pulling himself apart from her. “We will
not be separated long. I feel that this will break my heart and that I will die
soon, but I will take care of her while I can. When I die, God will send friends
to take care of her, as He did for me.”
Her father had followed her, and would have fallen on his knees to both of
them, but that Darnay put out a hand and seized him, crying:
Her father had followed her. He would have fallen to his knees in front of
both of them, but Darnay reached out his hand and took hold of him,
“No, no! What have you done, what have you done, that you should kneel to us!
We know now, what a struggle you made of old. We know, now what you underwent
when you suspected my descent, and when you knew it. We know now, the natural
antipathy you strove against, and conquered, for her dear sake. We thank you
with all our hearts, and all our love and duty. Heaven be with you!”
“No, no! What have you done that should make you kneel before us? We know now
how much you struggled before. We know now what you went through when you
suspected my family history and when you learned that it was true. We know now
the feelings of hatred toward me that you fought against and conquered for the
sake of your daughter. We thank you with all our hearts, and all our love and
duty. Heaven be with you!”
Her father’s only answer was to draw his hands through his white hair, and
wring them with a shriek of anguish.
Dr. Manette’s only answer was to run his hands through his white hair, then
wring them with a cry of anguish.
“It could not be otherwise,” said the prisoner. “All things have worked
together as they have fallen out. It was the always-vain endeavour to discharge
my poor mother’s trust that first brought my fatal presence near you. Good could
never come of such evil, a happier end was not in nature to so unhappy a
beginning. Be comforted, and forgive me. Heaven bless you!”
“It could not be otherwise,” said Darnay. “This was inevitable. It was always
useless to ignore my poor mother’s trust that first brought my deadly presence
near you. Good could never come from such evil. A happier end could never come
from such an unhappy beginning. Take comfort and forgive me. Heaven bless