A Tale of Two Cities

A Tale of Two Cities is a novel written by Charles Dickens. The novel follows the plight of several protagonists under French aristocracy. It is one of the most famous novels in fictional literature.

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Why do army officers peak caps have two golden threads?


Peaked or visor caps usually have a loose-fitting strap that sits on top of the bill. This strap is attached at each side with a button. For officers, this strap can be a gold or silver "rope" and usually doubled.

The visor cap evolved from earlier forms of military hats. All hats had a chin strap to help hold the hat firmly on the head. Officer's hats evolved to have a brass strap or over-lapping plates. Also, when not in use, the straps could be tied or buckled so that it was worn above the bill. Some even attached to the very top of the hat.

A close comparison is the German pickelhaulbe (or spiked) helmet, which was a leather helmet first worn in the early 1800's. These were usually worn with the chin strap resting on the bill of the helmet. Enlisted men's helmets had leather chin straps and officer or elite troops(cavalry) had brass chin straps.

So, the golden threads are actually chin straps. And they still function, some what, as an adjustable strap. The knot at each end will actually slide such that the strap will gown wide enough to place under the chin. But of course, there is no way to secute it snugly and it is not practical nor does it look cool, either.

Another hat that also hat gold or colored cords were the Slouch hats worn by US Army. These resemble the common "cowboy hat". They were common wear during American Civil War and out West. A tan version was issued during the Spanish American War and later evolved into the Campaign Hat that Army drill instructors wore. These had a double cord that had two ends that hung loose. These were colored to indicate branch of service. I think this evolved to the colored piping worn on the Overseas caps used in WW2.

British hat from Waterloo with white braided cord

British hat from Waterloo era with chin strap tied up to peak of hat.

French Napoleonic hats

British shako (post Napoleonic) with 1-piece chin strap attached across front of hat.

US Slouch hats and Campaign hats and other hats from various times.

WW2 USAAF 'crusher' caps

Soviet Visor caps

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The modern visor cap has the chin strap usually worn on top of the bill. Officers are rope cords and enlistedmen's are leather straps. Both are made of two strands, one attached at each button on the side of the hat. The cord wraps around the front of the hat and has a loop or knot at the other end that slips over the mating cord. This arrangement allows the chin strap to be loosened or tightened. This double cord design allows for this adjustment of the strap.

The slouch hats also have double cords probably for the same reason.


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What happened to carton and stryver over the years?

Carton died at the guillotine because he switched places with Darnay. Stryver got married to a rich widow and had 3 kids.

I think the question is asking what paths do their lives take, separately and with respect to each other. Stryver is a success, and uses his abilities well. Carton is a failure, though his abilities are greater than Stryver's and he knows it. That is why he works out the strategy for defending Darnay but Stryver is the one who implements it.

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Why does Sydney carton dislike Darnay?

Well, they look exactly alike. The only difference is Carton believes his life is useless, and he's useless even though we know he's not, while Darnay has a productive life so far. OH, and did I mention that Lucie, the one they both love dearly likes Darnay and they're going to get married? :)

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Does pip ever get with estella?


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Where is anaphora in A Tale of Two Cities?

in book 1 chapter 4 there is an anaphora of "what if" when jarvis lorry tells the story of mr. manette to lucy.

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What happens in A Tale of Two Cities?

Why don't you just read the book instead of look for answers that probably aren't even right. Oh and happy new year=p

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Who wrote the novel A Tale of Two Cities?

Charles Dickens is the author of A Tale of Two Cities.

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What is the main idea from A Tale of Two Cities?

Putting people to death did not stop other from committing crimes.

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Who was Mr. Lorry in a 'A Tale of Two Cities'?

Answer: Mr. Lorry is the gentleman who opens the story The Tale of Two Cities. He has worked for Tellson's Bank for many years and is now charged with the task of informing young Lucie Mannette that her father has just been released from an 18 year imprisonment. Mr. Lorry is around 60 years old, and of modest dress, though he likes to show off his calves. He is a continuing character and good family friend throughout the book and it is hinted that he is a little in love with Lucie. Mr. Lorry is the stodgy banker in the novel. The narrator pokes some fun at him throughout. Take a look here for a solid analysis/description of the chap:

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Repression in A Tale of Two Cities?

The Marquis believed in oppression/repression. He believes this is a way to control the people of the village.

"Repression is the only lasting philosophy. The dark deference of fear and slavery, my friend," observed the Marquis, "will keep the dogs obedient to the whip, as long as this roof," looking up to it, "shuts out the sky."

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How many pages are in A Tale of Two Cities?

This book has been reprinted so many times in many different formats, that the page count actually varies.

Most paperback versions of the book today are between 304 pages to 440 pages.
The Kindle edition today are roughly between 340 to 380 pages.

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Why does monsieur defarge show dr manette to selected visitors?

Monsieur Defarge thinks showing Dr Manette to certain people will fuel the reveloution. After the people see what being thrown in prison does to someone they'll want to join the revolution.

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How is madame defarge cheated in A Tale of Two Cities?

her boyfiend was kissing the king of England

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Charles Dickens writing style?

Summary: Charles Dickens frequently uses houses to symbolize the people who inhabit them. He utilizes vivd description, similes, metaphors, personification, and imagery to capture the essence of the character's personality and traits. A good example of this is Dickens' description of Mr. Jagger's office in his novel Great Expectations, which he uses in order to illustrate Mr. Jagger's dark, gloomy personality.

Throughout the history of English literature, many writers use possessions to represent or symbolize the person who obtains them. Furthermore, they use picturesque descriptions, similes, metaphors, personifications, and imageries to capture the essence of the character's personalities and traits. A perfect example of these types of writers is Charles Dickens. In the book Great Expectations, Dickens illustrates Jagger's dark and gloomy personalities through painting vivid descriptions of his office.

Mr. Jagger's dark, depressing office exemplifies his characters, a burly man full of secrets, mysteries, and dark complexions. Mr. Jagger never laughs, but he wears great bright creaking boots. When he waits for answers, he sometimes causes the bo.....

Dickens gave his name to his style: Dickensian.

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What is the significance of 105 North Tower in A Tale of Two Cities?

It was the prison cell Dr. Manette had once occupied before moving to Bastille.

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Explain the meaning of recalled to life?

It is when someone is reborn. In Dr. Manette case, he was in prison. The fact when he came out of prison is like a new life.

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Does madame defarge kill miss pross?

No Madame Defarge shoots herself.

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What does recalled to life mean in A Tale of Two Cities?

The phrase recalled to life said a multitude of times by Mr. Lorry as he is faced with the trouble of bringing Dr. Manette to freedom with the help of the Doctors daughter. He has been imprisoned for the past 18 years and has given up on life and freedom. Dickens uses this phrase to show that Mr. Lorry is given a person a new change at life from that of old. He has been brought back to the world and freedom. He was recalled to life.

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Who is the Golden Thread in 'Tale of Two Cities'?

There are four golden threads they are: Lucie Manette, Lucie's mother Mrs.Manette, Little Lucie, and Little Lucy's son Sydney(End of book)

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What are the two cities in A Tale of Two Cities?

London (England) and Paris (France).

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What is the opening line of A Tale of Two Cities?

"It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going direct to Heaven, we were all going direct the other way- in short, the period was so far like the present period, that some of its noisiest authorities insisted on its being received, for good or for evil, in the superlative degree of comparison only."

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