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    Question to Tale of Two Cities

    Hello everyone,

    I recently read Dickens ATOTC, and a question still bugs me:

    Can anyone tell me what Sidney Carton buys at the apothecary in Paris, near the end of A Tale of Two Cities? At first I thought it was some sort of explosives to get Darnay out of prison if all else failsÖ then I thought maybe a poison to kill himself should he have to switch places with him. In the end, whatever it was never got used (or I didnít understand it) and Iím still curious :-)

    Maybe I missed something obvious because English is not my first language... any hints appreciated.

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    *Hand up* me, me, me. I know.

    It was chloroform. He needs to knock out Charles Darnay so he can swap places with him. Darney would certainly would certainly have refused otherwise.
    According to Aldous Huxley, D.H. Lawrence once said that Balzac was 'a gigantic dwarf', and in a sense the same is true of Dickens.
    Charles Dickens, by George Orwell

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    Quote Originally Posted by kev67 View Post
    *Hand up* me, me, me. I know.

    It was chloroform. He needs to knock out Charles Darnay so he can swap places with him. Darney would certainly would certainly have refused otherwise.
    Ahhhh! Thanks a lot!
    Yes I remember when Charles says "What's that smell?" and suddenly collapses and I was wondering "Wtf? What was that?". Yeah makes total sense now :-)

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