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    A Tale of Two Cities Charles Dickens This eBook is designed and published by Planet PDF. For more freeeBooks visit our Web site at   A Tale of Two Cities 2 of  670 Book the First—Recalled to Life   A Tale of Two Cities 3 of  670 IThe Period It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it wasthe age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was theepoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was theseason of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was thespring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we hadeverything before us, we had nothing before us, we wereall going direct to Heaven, we were all going direct theother way—in short, the period was so far like the presentperiod, that some of its noisiest authorities insisted on itsbeing received, for good or for evil, in the superlativedegree of comparison only.There were a king with a large jaw and a queen with aplain face, on the throne of England; there were a kingwith a large jaw and a queen with a fair face, on thethrone of France. In both countries it was clearer thancrystal to the lords of the State preserves of loaves andfishes, that things in general were settled for ever.It was the year of Our Lord one thousand sevenhundred and seventy-five. Spiritual revelations wereconceded to England at that favoured period, as at this.   A Tale of Two Cities 4 of  670Mrs. Southcott had recently attained her five-and-twentieth blessed birthday, of whom a prophetic private inthe Life Guards had heralded the sublime appearance byannouncing that arrangements were made for theswallowing up of London and Westminster. Even theCock-lane ghost had been laid only a round dozen of  years, after rapping out its messages, as the spirits of thisvery year last past (supernaturally deficient in srcinality)rapped out theirs. Mere messages in the earthly order of events had lately come to the English Crown and People,from a congress of British subjects in America: which,strange to relate, have proved more important to thehuman race than any communications yet receivedthrough any of the chickens of the Cock-lane brood.France, less favoured on the whole as to mattersspiritual than her sister of the shield and trident, rolledwith exceeding smoothness down hill, making paper money and spending it. Under the guidance of her Christian pastors, she entertained herself, besides, withsuch humane achievements as sentencing a youth to havehis hands cut off, his tongue torn out with pincers, and hisbody burned alive, because he had not kneeled down inthe rain to do honour to a dirty procession of monkswhich passed within his view, at a distance of some fifty or 


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