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Stephens’s critique, which was first published by the Saturday Review (1859), is reprinted in The Dickens Critics, ed. George Ford and Lauriat Lane (New York: Cornell University Press, 1961), pp. 38–46. Stephens is interestingly confused by the temporal abridgements and cross references of Dickens’s plot. 23. For an influential twentieth-century study of pre-Revolutionary occultism, see Robert Darnton, Mesmerism and the End of the Enlightenment in France (New York: Schocken Books, 1970). 24. This account is confirmed by a broad range of recent work on the Revolution.
25. See Jules Michelet, History of the French Revolution, trans. Charles Cocks, edited (abridged) and with an introduction by Gordon Wright (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1967), p. 10. 26. For details, see Appendix III. 27. For a sustained close reading of Carton’s words, see Garrett Stewart, Death Sentences: Styles of Dying in British Fiction (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1984), pp. 83–97. 28. Either this sentence is a double subjunctive construction – if he had given utterance, if they were prophetic – or Dickens is affirming that Carton’s last thoughts were in fact prophetic, although he was unable to utter them.
6. Albert Hutter, ‘Nation and generation in A Tale of Two Cities’, PMLA 93 (1978), 448–62. 7. On this point, see Andrew Sanders, The Victorian Historical Novel 1840–1880 (New York: St Martin’s Press, 1979), p. 88. 8. Tidkins appears in Reynolds’s lurid, lengthy, surpassingly popular and much-condemned serial, The Mysteries of London, 4 vols. (London: George Vickers, 1846). See especially Mysteries, I, ch. 27, where Tidkins is interestingly juxtaposed with a venerable Republican agitator, quite a different sort of man.