By Charles Dickens
Charles Dickens takes us to the yr 1775, the place England and France are present process a interval of social upheaval and turmoil.
The forces which are resulting in revolution in France are colliding with a circle of individuals in England, inflicting their destinies to be irrevocably intertwined.
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Despite his “phallocentrism,” Donne has his “Sapho” celebrate lesbian love for being impercepti- 42 CHAPTER ONE ble, producing “no more signes . . / Then ﬁshes leave in streames” (ll. 75 Similarly, the epistle’s exhortation that one keep people guessing whether one “breathe[s], or no” recalls the lovely opening simile of “A Valediction (Forbidding Mourning)” concerning virtuous men who die so “mildly” that some say “The breath goes now, and some say, no” (ll. 1, 4). The circulation of these images in other Donnean poems that imagine an ideal way of life underscores their great resonance for the poet.
26 Donne’s erotic analogy suggests that, like the Epicureans, Phrygius seeks to avert possible pain by refusing to marry a (spiritual) mistress. Through a pun, Donne’s epithet “carelesse” further associates Phrygius’s spiritual deﬁciency with an Epicurean avoidance of love. ” In King Lear, after Cordelia refuses to pledge all her love to her father, the enraged Lear exclaims, “Here I disclaim all my paternal care . . / . . / And as a stranger to my heart and me / Hold thee . . ” In “A Lecture upon the Shadow,” Donne recalls to his mistress their anxious “infant loves,” when “Disguises did, and shadowes, ﬂow / From us, and our care” (ll.
51 Donne adapts this skeptical method to argue that the individual must not relinquish true religion by accepting either of the extreme “contraries” espoused by opposing pseudo- DONNE AND THE PERSONAL MEAN 35 authorities: “Is not this excuse for mere contraries, / Equally strong? ” (ll. 52 Donne denies that men “stand / In so’ill case here” (ll. 89–90) that temporal rulers can dictate the religious choices of their subjects. There is no legitimate authority besides God in spiritual matters, he argues; rulers deserve obedience only in secular affairs.
A Tale of Two Cities: A Story of the French Revolution by Charles Dickens