“The agony is exquisite, is it not?
A broken heart. 
You think you will die.
But you just keep living.
Day after day,
after terrible day.”

- Miss Havisham, Great Expectations


In the library reading for this week’s essay: Culture & Anarchy in Dickens’ A Tale of Two Cities. Feeling tired today but I’m powering through so I can get ahead & have a bit more free time later this week! Girton library is also an amazing place to study, so beaut ~

A Tale of Two Cities Characters as Tumblr quotes

Sydney Carton: “I don’t care,” I say caringly, as I care deeply

Lucie Manette: cinammon roll too good for this world, too pure

Alexander Manette: some people??? make shoes???? to cope??????

Charles Darnay: I came out to have a good time and I am honestly feeling so attacked right now

Stryver: Fellow of Delicacy™ – old timey version of Nice Guy™

Miss Pross: Don’t ever talk to me or my ladybird again

Mr. Lorry: Me, an intellectual

Madame Defarge: i’ll kick anyone’s ass. i’ll kick your ass. i’ll kick your dog’s ass. i’ll kick my own ass

Classic Book Recommendations for the Signs
  • Aries: Lolita, by Vladimir Nabokov
  • Taurus: On the Road, by Jack Kerouac
  • Gemini: The Metamorphosis, by Franz Kafka
  • Cancer: Emma, by Jane Austen
  • Leo: To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee
  • Virgo: A Tale of Two Cities, by Charles Dickens
  • Libra: Candide, by Voltaire
  • Scorpio: The Divine Comedy, by Dante Aligheri
  • Sagittarius: Much Ado About Nothing, by William Shakespeare
  • Capricorn: Twenty-Thousand Leagues Under the Sea, by Jules Verne
  • Aquarius: The Autumn of the Patriarch, by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  • Pisces: Alice in Wonderland, by Lewis Carroll

Charles Dickens (7 February 1812 – 9 June 1870) 

English writer and social critic. He created some of the world’s best-known fictional characters and is regarded by many as the greatest novelist of the Victorian era. (Wikipedia)

From our stacks: Cover detail, title page and frontispiece from A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens. With illustrations by H. K. Browne. London: Chapman & Hall, 1888.