1. A Tale of Two Cities
opens with "It was the best of times, it was the worst of times..." one of the best-known passages in English literature. What does Dickens mean by setting the stage with such polarities? For whom was it the best and the worst of times? Dickens wrote A Tale of Two Cities
in the late 1850s. Why does this passage continue to be quoted today? In what ways does our own present period merit such an assessment?
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