NOTE: This entry is ONLY for Per 1, 2, and 3
Leave it to some goofy English teacher to make this connection. Or perhaps consider it a question asked by a college admissions officer in your future. Either way, prepare to take a giant leap of intellectual faith on this one [insert one well-timed Cheshire Cat grin here].
By this point in time, you’ve already sat back in your proverbial chair with an ah-gosh-sucks (or something like it) look upon your face. Truly. You have.
Well, because you’ve waited your entire life to finally figure out WHY Dickens wrote the following at the beginning 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.” (opening lines of Tale of Two Cities’ “Book the First: Recalled to Life”, page 5 in Mr. Long’s copy)
- Compare this quotation — one of the great quotations in all of literature — to your experience as a teenager and high school student.
- 3+ paragraphs, 5+ sentences
Is it an intellectual leap of faith? Sure.
And yet, not at all.
Take a look at the quotation more than once. You’ll see what I mean. Now all you have to do is take Dickens’ ideas — about the era of the French Revolution specifically — and see how they universally tie to the very act of being a 10th grader in the year 2008.
Bon chance, as one of Dicken’s French characters might say.