悉尼紙箱在法國做什麼?


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我最近重讀了查爾斯·狄更斯(Charles Dickens)的A Tale of Two Cities,感到震驚的是,第二次對查爾斯·達奈(Charles Darnay)提出指控時,悉尼紙箱恰好在法國。在此之前,達奈已被監禁一年。為什麼卡頓在那段時間沒有離開?他怎麼知道那時會需要他?如果他在達奈(Darnay)那裡,他為什麼不在再次被捕之前被釋放的審判中?他是在從事其他業務還是只是為了支持Darnay?我錯過了什麼嗎?

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First of all, I doubt that Carton was going there to support Darnay. Although Darnay and Lucie treat him like family, Carton still feels inadequate in the presence of Darnay. As he states in Chapter 20, "The Plea",

But I do, and you must take my word for it. Well! If you could endure to have such a worthless fellow, and a fellow of such indifferent reputation, coming and going at odd times, I should ask that I might be permitted to come and go as a privileged person here; that I might be regarded as an useless (and I would add, if it were not for the resemblance I detected between you and me, an unornamental) piece of furniture, tolerated for its old service, and taken no notice of. I doubt if I should abuse the permission. It is a hundred to one if I should avail myself of it four times in a year. It would satisfy me, I dare say, to know that I had it.”

I think Carton most likely was there to visit Lucie, since that seems to be the main reason why he visited them previously before, with how Carton is described as,

No man ever really loved a woman, lost her, and knew her with a blameless though an unchanged mind, when she was a wife and a mother....

The text isn't really specific on why. Sydney Carton tells Miss Pross,

Don’t be alarmed, my dear Miss Pross. I arrived at Mr. Lorry’s, to his surprise, yesterday evening; we agreed that I would not present myself elsewhere until all was well, or unless I could be useful; I present myself here, to beg a little talk with your brother. I wish you had a better employed brother than Mr. Barsad. I wish for your sake Mr. Barsad was not a Sheep of the Prisons.”

It might be that he came to comfort Lucie, but I think it's most likely Carton came to trade his life with Darnay. That's why Carton said that he was waiting to until things got better or how he could help. His plan of help was to free Darnay and take his place, but he had to be sure that Darnay's life was in danger. So I doubt it was actually a coincidence.

Team Stryver all the away Rest in peace, Mr. Carton.