A Tale of Two Cities
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1935 MGM film featuring Ronald Coleman as the self-sacrificing Sydney Carton.
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"It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us... in short, it was a period very like the present..."
Stryver (enters office): "Really -- not working yet, Carton? This is too much! You've got to put your mind on this case!" Sydney Carton (reclining with a hot towel on his face): "No. Not possible." (starts fixing a cocktail) Stryver: "They've got this Charles Darnay up for treason!" Sydney Carton: "I don't know Charles Darnay -- I hate treason, I hate Frenchmen, for that matter -- I hate Englishmen."
Jerry Cruncher (to himself): "Bless me if she ain't at it again!" (smacks his kneeling, praying wife on the butt with a shoe) Jerry Cruncher: "Floppin' yourself down and prayin' against my prosperity!" Mrs. Cruncher: "Oh, Jerry, how can I KEEP from prayin', now that I know what your real business is!" Jerry Cruncher: "Listen, aggrawaiter! I won't have me wittles blessed off me table by your prayin'!" Mrs. Cruncher: "Grave-robber!" Jerry Cruncher: "Don't say that word! I'm a 'resurrectionist' -- that's what I am! Doin' a noble service for the medical profession! Besides, makin' a bit of money for meself." Jerry Cruncher Jr. "So that's why your fingers is always rusty, favah!" Jerry Cruncher: "Quiet, you! You're an un-natteral wife, and an un-natteral mother, prayin' against me!"
Lucie Manette: "We'll come back directly after the service. You'll wait for us?" Charles Darnay: "Yes, I..." Miss Pross: "Well, come along, Lucie. Not going to church, indeed. Atheist. Bankers, and... Frenchmen! All atheists! May I remind you... that the port on the sideboard is for the party after services and not for haphazard consumption!"
(Madame DeFarge has come looking for Lucie and the child. Miss Pross bars her way out) Miss Pross: "Oh no you don't!" Madame Defarge: "Let me pass." Miss Pross: "Never! I know what you want. I know what you're after. And thank heaven I'm put here to stop you - for stop you I will!" Madame Defarge: "In the name of the Republic..." Miss Pross: "In the name of no one, you evil woman. You've killed many innocent people. No doubt you'll kill many more; but my ladybird you shall never touch." Madame Defarge: "No? Do you know who I am?" Miss Pross: "You might - from your appearance - be the wife of Lucifer; yet you shall not get the better of me. I'm an Englishwoman! I'm your match!" Madame Defarge: "Pig, get out of my way or I'll break you in pieces." Miss Pross: "Break away, then. I don't care an English tuppence for myself; but I know that the longer I keep you here... the greater hope there is for my ladybird." (catfight ensues)
Sydney Carton: "Yours is a long life to look back on, Mr. Lorry?" Jarvis Lorry Jr.: "I'm 78." Sydney Carton: "Long life... useful one." Jarvis Lorry Jr.: "Eh, a solitary bachelor -- nobody would weep for me." Sydney Carton: "Wouldn't SHE weep for you?" (referring to Lucie) Jarvis Lorry Jr.: "Yes, thank God. I didn't quite mean what I said." Sydney Carton: "It is a thing to thank God for, isn't it. Tell me, if you looked back on that long life and saw that you had gained neither love... gratitude, nor respect of any human being... it would be a bitter reflection, wouldn't it?" Jarvis Lorry Jr.: "Why yes, surely." (Sydney nods, solemnly, and slugs down a final shot of booze)
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