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A Tale of Two Cities

Charles Dickens

Five Key Questions

Summary Five Key Questions

4) Why was Dr. Manette imprisoned?

Dr. Manette is imprisoned because he knows about the crimes committed by the Evremonde brothers and has attempted to expose them to the authorities. As a young physician, Dr. Manette is summoned to treat a young woman who has been raped and later dies. Other members of her family have also been harmed by the Evremondes. Disturbed by what he knows, Dr. Manette writes a letter to the authorities even though he expects that “the matter would never be heard of.” Angry at what the Doctor might try to do, the Evremondes have him arrested, demonstrating the power and influence of the nobility to put even an innocent man in jail.