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Because he had voluntarily relinquished a title that was distasteful
to him, and a station that was distasteful to him, and had left his
country-he submitted before the word emigrant in the present
acceptation by the Tribunal was in useto live by his own industry
in England, rather than on the industry of the overladen people of
What proof had he of this? He handed in the names of two
witnesses; Theophile Gabelle, and Alexandre Manette.
But he had married in England? the President reminded him.
True, but not an English woman.
A citizeness of France?
Yes. By birth.
Her name and family”, “Lucie Manette, only daughter of Doctor
Manette, the good physician who sits there.” This answer had a
happy effect upon the audience. Cries in exaltation of the well-
known good physician rent the hall. So capriciously were the
people moved, that tears immediately rolled down several
ferocious countenances which had been glaring at the prisoner a
moment before, as if with impatience to pluck him out into the
streets and kill him.
On these few steps of his dangerous way, Charles Darnay had set
his foot according to Doctor Manette’s reiterated instructions. The
same cautious counsel directed every step that lay before him, and
had prepared every inch of his road.
The President asked, why had he returned to France when he did,
and not sooner? He had not returned sooner, he replied, simply
because he had no means of living in France, save those he had
resigned; whereas, in England, he lived by giving instruction in the
French language and literature. He had returned when he did, on
the pressing and written entreaty of a French citizen, who
represented that his life was endangered by his absence. He had
come back, to save a citizen’s life, and to bear his testimony, at
whatever personal hazard, to the truth. Was that criminal in the
eyes of the Republic?
The populace cried enthusiastically, “No!” and the President rang
his bell to quiet them. Which it did not, for they continued to cry
“No!” untill they left off, of their own will.
The President required the name of that citizen. The accused
explained that the citizen was his first witness. He also referred
with confidence to the citizen’s letter, which had been taken from
him at the Barrier, but which he did not doubt would be found
among the papers then before the President.