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perverted, that Lucie Manette wept mournfully for him as he stood
looking back at her.

“Be comforted!” he said, “I am not worth such feeling, Miss
Manette. An hour or two hence, and the low companions and low
habits that I scorn but yield to, will render me less worth such tears
as those, than any wretch who creeps along the streets. Be
comforted! But, within myself, I shall always be, towards you,
what I am now, though outwardly I shall be what you have
heretofore seen me. The last supplication but one I make to you, is,
that you will believe this of me.” “I will, Mr. Carton.” “My last
supplication of all, is this; and with it, I will relieve you of a visitor
with whom I well know you have nothing in unison, and between
whom and you there is an impassable space. It is useless to say it, I
know, but it rises out of my soul. For you, and for any dear to you,
I would do anything. If my career were of that better kind that
there was any opportunity or capacity of sacrifice in it, I would
embrace any sacrifice for you and for those dear to you. Try to hold
me in your mind, at some quiet times, as ardent and sincere in this
one thing. The time will come, the time will not be long in coming,
when new ties will be formed about you-ties that will bind you yet
more tenderly and strongly to the home you so adorn-the dearest
ties that will ever grace and gladden you. O Miss Manette, when
the little picture of a happy father’s face looks up in yours, when
you see your own bright beauty springing up anew at your feet,
think now and then that there is a man who would give his life, to
keep a life you love beside you!” He said, “Farewell!” said a last
“God bless you!” and left her.
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