It was the best of times, it was the worst of times. It was the season of light, it was the season of darkness.It was the spring of hope, it was the winter of sadness. It was the year one thousand seven hundred and seventy－five.In France there was a King and a Queen, and in England there was a King and a Queen.They believed that nothing would ever change.But in France things were bad, and getting worse. The people were poor, hungry and unhappy.The King made paper money and spent it, and the people had nothing to eat.Behind closed doors in the homes of the people, voices spoke in whispers against the King and his noblemen；they were only whispers, but they were the angry whispers of desperate people.Late one November night, in that same year 1775, a coach going from London to Dover, stopped at the top of a long hill.
Chapter 1 The road to Paris―1775第1章 去巴黎的路―1775年那是最好的年代，也是最糟的年代。那是光明的时节，也是黑暗的时节。那是希望的春季，也是悲伤的冬日。那是公元1775年。那时的法国有国王和王后，英国也有国王和王后，他们相信什么事情都不会改变。但是法国的境况很糟糕，而且是每况愈下。人民在贫穷、饥饿和不幸中生活。国王发行纸币进行挥霍，而百姓却要忍饥挨饿。在门户紧闭的家中，人们悄声地谈论着反对国王和他的贵族们的话题。它们只是低声的密谈，但却是绝望中的人们愤怒的声音。就在那1775年11月的一个深夜，一辆从伦敦赶往多佛的马车停在了一条绵延的山丘的顶部。