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suspected one another and the guard, they all suspected everybody else, and the coachman was sure of nothing but the horses.” (5) Every person remains a “secret and mystery to every other.” (8) This atmosphere of isolation contrasts with immediate affinity between Mr. Lorry, Lucie Manette and her father who are not afraid to trust each other. Mr. Lorry, steady and dependable, is identified with the Tellson’s bank as he dreams of the “strongrooms” (10) and finds them “safe, and strong, and sound, and still” (10). This passage conveys a sense of stability amid the chaos that Dickens describes in his introduction. Lucie Manette, a loving daughter, Mr. Lorry, a trustworthy friend, and Monsieur Defarge bring light into the room of Mr. Manette, in a literary and

figurative way. “The opened half door was opened a little further. A broad ray of light fell into the garret.” (35) Lucie Manette, with her light hair, embodies the brightness brought into the life of her father at their reunion. “[Mr. Manette's] white head mingled with [Lucie's] radiant hair, which warmed and lighted it as though it were the light of freedom shining on him.” (40) Nevertheless, hope implies something distant, happiness that is not yet here but will probably come. Dickens compares this uncertainty to the light of the stars. “Beneath that arch of unmoved and eternal lights; some, so remote from this little earth that the learned tell us it is doubtful whether their rays have even yet discovered it, as a point in space where anything is suffered or done:

the shadows of the night were broad and black.” (43) The images of light and dark, mist and stars convey the sense of darkness The beginning of the novel starts with dark images and descriptions; however, toward the end of book 1, the reader encounters images of light and hope. Also, as the reader gets familiar with the characters and the plot, it becomes clear that amid the evil and danger, there is a notion of new beginning. The political disorder of France and England described in the beginning contrasts with the happiness of a family reunited. The hopes of the characters amid the chaos around them are symbolic of the romantic ideals of the revolutionaries, who saw an opportunity for a new beginning in the doom of that epoch. 361