I'm the kind of person who skips to the conversation when reading a book.
Q: I know the answer to this, but I must ask it anyway– “Why did you do it?”
SC: I explained it in the note. It needs no further explanation.
Q: The note? To what note are you referring?
SC: The note I dictated to Darnay.
Q: But you told him to address it to no one. You instructed him not to even date it.
SC: The one for whom it was intended would know and the date was irrelevant.
Q: Remind me what the note said.
SC: “If you remember the words that passed between us, long ago, you will readily comprehend this when you see it. You do remember them, I know. It is not your nature to forget them. I am thankful that the time has come when I can prove them. That I do so is no subject for regret or grief.”
But I can’t regret what I did for love, what I did for love. Look my eyes are dry.
Q: Is that all it said?
SC: There’s more. “If it had been otherwise, I never should have used the longer opportunity. If it had been otherwise, I should but have had so much the more to answer for. If it had been otherwise…”
Q: Still more?
SC: No, Darnay was unable to continue and I wanted it to be written in his hand.
Kiss today good-bye, and point me toward tomorrow. … Won’t forget, can’t regret what I did for love.
Q: So, just so we’re all clear, tell us for whom the note was intended.
SC: It is so obvious.
Q: For those who haven’t read the book, I mean. Explain.
SC: For those who haven’t read the book, the words would and should mean nothing. To take a note such as that out of context destroys the meaning. It would be like those who know my last words, but do not know what events lead up to them.
Q: And what are your last words?
SC: “It is a far, far better thing that I do, than I have ever done; it is a far, far better rest that I go to than I have ever known.”
Q: And to what do they refer?
SC: Read the book. A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens.
Love. Love is never gone. As we travel on, love’s what we’ll remember.
Thank you to today’s Daily Prompt: The Interview which suggested we interview our favorite fictional character. Mine, most definitely, is Sydney Carton. If you’ve never read A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens, you must.
The song lyrics interposed are from A Chorus Line‘s “What I Did For Love.”