日期:2012-06-12 06:02


Soon they drove off in a coach, and then Mr Stryver and Mr Lorry walked away, leaving Mr Darnay and Mr Carton alone.
'It must be strange for you, ' said Carton, 'to be a free man again, and to be standing here, talking to a man who looks just like you. Let us go out and eat together.'
After they had eaten, Carton said softly, 'How sad and worried Miss Manette was for you today! She's a very beautiful young woman, don't you think?'
Darnay did not reply to what Carton had said, but he thanked him for his help at the trial.
'I don't want your thanks, ' replied Carton.'I have done nothing. And I don't think I like you.'
'Well, ' said Darnay, 'you have no reason to like me. But I hope that you will allow me to pay the bill for both of us.'
'Of course. And as you are paying for me, I'll have another bottle of wine.'
After Darnay had left, Carton drank some more wine and looked at himself in the mirror.
He was angry because Darnay looked so much like him, but was so different.
Carton knew that he was a clever lawyer, and that he was a good and honest man, but he had never been successful for himself.
He drank too much, and his life was unhappy and friendless. His cleverness and his hard work in the law only made others,
like Mr Stryver, successful and rich. He remembered Lucie Manette's worried face when she watched Darnay in court.
'If I changed places with Darnay, ' he whispered to himself, 'would those blue eyes of Miss Manette look at me, in the same way? No, no, it's too late now.'
He drank another bottle of wine and fell asleep.
In a quiet street not far away was the house where Dr Manette and Lucie lived.
They had one servant, Miss Pross, who had taken care of Lucie since she was a child.
Miss Pross had red hair and a quick, sharp voice, and seemed at first sight a very alarming person.
But everybody knew that she was in fact a warm-hearted and unselfish friend, who would do anything to guard her darling Lucie from trouble or danger.
Dr Manette was now well enough to work as a doctor, and he, Lucie, and Miss Pross led a quiet, comfortable life.
Mr Lorry, who had become a close family friend, came regularly to the house, and in the months after the trial,
Mr Darnay and Mr Carton were also frequent visitors.
This did not please Miss Pross at all, who always looked very cross when they came.
'Nobody is good enough for my darling Lucie, ' she told Mr Lorry one day, 'and I don't like all these hundreds of visitors.'
Mr Lorry had a very high opinion of Miss Pross, but he wasn't brave enough to argue that two visitors were not'hundreds'.
Nobody argued with Miss Pross if they could avoid it.

  • clevernessn. 聪明,机灵
  • fell动词fall的过去式 n. 兽皮 vt. 砍伐,击倒 a
  • frequentadj. 经常的,频繁的 vt. 常到,常去
  • coachn. 大巴,教练;(火车)客车车厢,四轮马车,经济舱 v
  • avoidvt. 避免,逃避
  • unselfishadj. 无私的
  • unhappyadj. 不快乐的,不高兴的
  • trialadj. 尝试性的; 审讯的 n. 尝试,努力,试验,试