The novel A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens depicts the plight of the French peasantry demoralized by the French aristocracy followed by their corresponding brutality of the revolutionaries towards the former aristocrats.
Dicken’s famous opening sentence introduces the drama depicted by the French Revolution:
“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…”
The book accurately depicts how the TIMING of history can radically affect one’s social and financial standing.