Final Thoughts: Reading Question for A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
Developed by Penguin Books, of Penguin Group (USA)
December 06, 2010
Spoiler alert: Questions may contain spoilers
12. Dickens prefaces the final paragraphs of the novel, which are in Carton's voice, by noting that "if he had given any utterance to his [thoughts], and they were prophetic, they would have been these" (page 371). How might we read the vision expressed in these words? Are we meant to take these thoughts as prophetic—that is, as a portrayal of what actually came after the end of the novel, in both France and in England? Among the beloved friends he has left behind?