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BOOK THE SECOND.—THE GOLDEN THREAD.
1. Five years later....
II. A sight....
III. A disappointment..
IV. Congratulatory..

V. The jackal...
VI. Hundreds of people...
VII. Monseigneur in town.
VIII. Monseigneur in the country.
IX. The Gorgon's head..

X. Two promises..
XI. A companion picture...
XII. The fellow of delicacy.
XIII. The fellow of no delicacy
XIV. The honest tradesman.

XV. Knitting
XVI. Still knitting.
XVII. One night..
XVIII. Nine days.
XIX. An opinion.

XX. A plea.....
XXI. Echoing footsteps.
XXII. The sea still rises.
XXIII. Fire rises...
XXIV. Drawn to the loadstone rock.

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BOOK THE THIRD. THE TRACK OF A STORM.

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1. The beadle. The parish engine. The schoolmaster 355
II. The curate. The old lady. The half-pay captain... 362
III. The four sisters

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IV. The election for beadle.

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V. The broker's man.

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VI. The ladies' societies..

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VII. Our next-door neighbor..

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SCENES.

1. The streets-morning.
II. The streets-night..
III. Shops and their tenants
IV. Scotland-yard..

V. Seven Dials.
VI. Meditations in Monmouth-street.
VII. Hackney-coach stands..
VIII. Doctors' Commons.

IX. London recreations.

X. The river.
XI. Astley's
XII. Greenwich Fair.

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CHAP .

PAGR.

XIII. Private theatres..
XIV. Vauxhall-gardens by day.

XV. Early coaches.
XVI. Omnibuses..
XVII. The last cab-driver, and the first omnibus cad..
XVIII. A Parliamentary sketch..
XIX. Public dinners...

XX. The first of May...
XXI. Brokers' and marine-store shops...
XXII. Gin shops......,
XXIII. The pawnbroker's shop.
XXIV. Criminal courts..
XXV. A visit to Newgate..

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CHARACTERS

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I. Thoughts about people...
II. A Christmas dinner.
III. The New Year....
IV. Miss Evans and the eagle.

V. The parlor orator...
VI. The hospital patient.
VII. The misplaced attachment of Mr. John Dounce.
VIII. The mistaken milliner. A tale of ambition...

IX. The dancing academy.
X. Shabby-genteel people.
XI. Making a night of it..
XII. The prisoners' van..

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TALES.

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1. The boarding house.....
II. Mr. Minns and his cousin
III. Sentiment....
IV. The Tuggs's at Ramsgate.

V. Horatio Sparkins...
VI. The black veil....
VII. The steam excursion...
VIII. The Great Winglebury duel.

IX. Mrs. Joseph Porter...
X. A passage in the life of Mr. Watkins Toitle..
XI. The Bloomsbury christening..
XII. The drunkard's death....

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A TALE OF TWO CITIES.

In Three Books.

BOOK THE FIRST. RECALLED TO LIFE.

CHAPTER I.

THE PERIOD.

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going direct to Heaven, we were all going direct the other way-in short, the period was so far like the present period, that some of its noisiest authorities insisted on its being received, for good or for evil, in the superlative degree of comparison only.

There were a king with a large jaw and a queen with a plain face, on the throne of England ; there were a king with a large jaw and a queen with a fair face, on the throne of France. In both countries it was clearer than crystal to the lords of the State preserves of loaves and fishes, that things in general were settled for ever.

It was the year of Our Lord one thousand seven hundred and seventy-five. Spiritual revelations were conceded to England at that favored period, as at this. Mrs. Southcott had recently attained her five-and-twentieth blessed birthday, of

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