Charles Darnay

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Charles Darnay
A Tale of Two Cities character
A Tale of Two Cities - Dr Manette and Lucie with Charles Darnay, by Charles Edmund Brock.jpg
Dr Manette and Lucie with Charles Darnay, by Charles Edmund Brock
Created by Charles Dickens
Gender Male
Occupation French Literature Teacher
Significant other(s) Lucie Manette
Nationality French

Charles Darnay, Charles D'Aulnais or Charles St. Evrémonde, is a fictional character in A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens.


Darnay is a wealthy gentleman who spends time in both France and England during the time of the story. However, he resents how the lower classes are extorted and kept in extreme poverty by the upper class. Darnay specifically resents the views of his uncle, Marquis St. Evrèmonde, who has no respect for the people in poverty.

When the revolutionaries are trying to find and kill the Marquis, Darnay realizes that his uncle has been murdered, making him the new Marquis. He is put on trial for treason against the Kingdom of Great Britain, but he is acquitted on a point noticed by Sydney Carton that they both look very similar. During the trial, Carton falls in love with Lucie Manette, Darnay's future wife. At the end of the final book, the crimes of the St. Evrèmonde brothers are exposed and Darnay is supposed to be executed, but Carton willingly and nobly takes Darnay's place, for he had loved Lucie so much that he would, "embrace any sacrifice for [her] and for those dear to [her]". Darnay will live out his life as a tutor of French Literature and language in England without his descendants growing up on the greed and arrogance of his father, uncle and ancestors.

Cinematic and theatrical portrayals[edit]

In the 2008 Broadway musical/play adaptation of A Tale of Two Cities, Charles Darnay is played by Aaron Lazar.

In the 1989 Masterpiece Theater Movie, Charles Darnay is played by Xavier Deluc.

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