A Tale of Two Cities – DEAR Entry

Over the previous days, I have embarked on the course of reading A Tale of Two Cities – a grand creation crafted by Charles Dickens – which is among today’s renowned classics. Written in the mid-nineteenth century, this novel is set in London and Paris, taking place before and during the French revolution.

“A wonderful fact to reflect upon, that every human creature is constituted to be that profound secret and mystery to every other. A solemn consideration, when I enter a great city by night, that every one of those darkly clustered houses encloses its own secret; that every room in every one of them encloses its own secret; that every beating heart in the hundreds of thousands of breasts there, is, in some of its imaginings, a secret to the heart nearest it! Something of the awfulness, even of Death itself, is referable to this” (page 11).

This quotation leads me to contemplate over the relationships between each individual and whether some seemingly intimate relationships are only pretences. This further evokes the thought that disregard how individuals may claim to understand others, each individual still has secrets buried and locked deep inside himself/herself. Moreover, it reflects upon the fact that there is always a fragment of us that remains untouchable and unknowable to the rest of the world, and sometimes even to ourselves. This is part of our innate human nature, which is what retains our individuality and can never be withdrawn from us. I believe that this quotation not only sets up the background during the time period that the novel is set in, but is relatable even up to the present day.

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1 comment to A Tale of Two Cities – DEAR Entry

  • Leo Rodriguez

    This post is full of meaningful words. You have also done very well in exploring the quote which you highlighted, although the quotation chosen seems a bit too long. Good job in fullfiling the guidelines.

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