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A Tale of Two Cities

Charles Dickens

Five Key Questions

Summary Five Key Questions

3) Why does Charles Darnay return to France after his marriage?

Darnay receives a letter from Gabelle, an employee who has been imprisoned due to his work for the Evremonde family. Gabelle begs Darnay to take responsibility and to help him. The letter makes Darnay realize that although he left behind his privilege in France, he has not really done anything to atone for the misdeeds of his family. It also appeals to his sense of moral responsibility: “the appeal of an innocent prisoner, in danger of death, to his justice, honour, and good name” (pg. 285). He decides to go back to France in order to intervene on behalf of Gabelle and perhaps even contribute to the Revolution’s effort to achieve justice and equality.