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Summary Chapter 9

The attorney-general tells the jury not to be fooled by Mr. Darnay’s youth. He has been involved in traitorous activities for many years. He has been passing between England and France on business he refuses to reveal. A patriot discovered his activities and asked Mr. Darnay’s servant to look for proof. The servant found documents, and both men came forward. Though the documents are not in Darnay’s handwriting, the prosecution states that he merely disguised it to avoid detection.

John Barsad, the patriot who first discovered Darnay’s supposed activities, takes the stand and is questioned by the solicitor-general about his history. Then Roger Cly, the servant of Mr. Darnay, is sworn in. Mr. Cly claims that he met the prisoner four years ago on the packet ship from Calais. He had asked him for a job, and Mr. Darnay had hired him. Soon after, though, he became suspicious of his employer and kept an eye on him. He frequently found lists in his pockets and had seen him show these lists to French gentlemen. It turns out that Barsad and Cly have known each other for many years, but they claim they have nothing to gain by their testimony. They turned Darnay in for love of their country.

Mr. Lorry is called to the stand next. He is asked about the business he was on five years ago when he traveled to meet Miss Manette. He is asked if the prisoner was a fellow passenger on the Dover mail. Mr. Lorry says he cannot identify him, for both of the passengers had been wearing concealing clothing. However, he does remember seeing him on the Calais packet-ship.

Miss Manette is then questioned on whether she has seen the prisoner before. She says she saw him on the Calais packet ship on the same occasion as Mr. Lorry did. The prisoner had noticed how ill her father was and had helped in making him more comfortable. She mentions that two French gentlemen had accompanied him, and he had talked with them before they departed. He did exchange some papers with them.

Darnay had told her that he was traveling under an assumed name on secret business. He had traveled extensively between France and England. He thought England was foolish in its response to a quarrel with America.

Doctor Manette is called to the stand. He says he saw the prisoner when he called upon him in London three years ago. He doesn’t remember him from the packet ship, for he has no memory of that period.

Another witness claims that he saw the prisoner near a garrison that the Dover Mail passes by five years ago. However, the witness is then shown a Mr. Carton, who resembles the prisoner very much in likeness.

Mr. Stryver, the defense attorney, claims that John Barsad is the spy. Roger Cly is his partner. The two chose their victim—the prisoner—because he traveled between the two countries. The prisoner refuses to reveal his business because of the people it involves that he cares about.

Miss Manette is in great distress and is removed from the court. The case is given to the jury to deliberate. Lorry tells Jerry he can get something to eat, but to come back. He wants Jerry to carry the verdict back to the bank. Later on, Mr. Lorry gives Jerry a note that says Darnay has been acquitted.

Charles Dickens