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struggle was evidently in his face; a struggle with that occasional
look which had a tendency in it to dark doubt and dread.

“You speak so feelingly and so manfully, Charles Darnay, that I
thank you with all my heart, and will open all my heart-or nearly
so. Have you any reason to believe that Lucie loves you?” “None.
As yet, none.” “Is it the immediate object of this confidence, that
you may at once ascertain that, with my knowledge?” “Not even
so. I might not have the hopefulness to do it for weeks; I might
(mistaken or not mistaken) have that hopefulness to-morrow.” “Do
you seek any guidance from me?” “I ask none, sir. But I have
thought it possible that you might have it in your power, if you
should deem it right, to give me some.” “Do you seek any promise
from me?” “I do seek that.” “What is it?” “I well understand that,
without you, I could have no hope. I well understand that, even if
Miss Manette held me at this moment in her innocent heart-do not
think I have the presumption to assume so much-I could retain no
place in it against her love for her father.” “If that be so, do you see
what, on the other hand, is involved in it?” “I understand equally
well, that a word from her father in any suitor’s favour, would
outweigh herself and all the world. For which reason, Doctor
Manette,” said Darnay, modestly but firmly, “I would not ask that
word, to save my life.” “I am sure of it. Charles Darnay, mysteries
arise out of close love, as well as out of wide division; in the former
case, they are subtle and delicate, and difficult to penetrate. My
daughter Lucie is, in this one respect, such a mystery to me; I can
make no guess at the state of her heart.” “May I ask, sir, if you
think she is--” As he hesitated, her father supplied the rest.

“Is sought by any other suitor?”
“It is what I meant to say.” Her father considered a Little before he
answered: “You have seen Mr. Carton here, yourself. Mr. Stryver
is here too, occasionally. If it be at all, it can only be by one of
these.” “Or both,” said Darnay.

“I had not thought of both; I should not think either, likely. You
want a promise from me. Tell me what it is.” “It is, that if Miss
Manette should bring to you at any time, on her own part, such a
confidence as I have ventured to lay before you, you will bear
testimony to what I have said, and to your belief in it. I hope you
may be able to think so well of me, as to urge no influence against
me. I say nothing more of my stake in this; this is what I ask. The
condition on which I ask it, and which you have an undoubted
right to require, I will observe immediately.” “I give the promise,”
said the Doctor, “without any condition. I believe your object to be,
purely and truthfully, as you have stated it. I believe your intention
is to perpetuate, and not to weaken, the ties between me and my
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