Dickens’s Biography

Language in the First Lines

Work Time

Notice your reactions to these opening paragraphs and any questions you have about the text. Then add to your annotations with questions or comments.

  • In the first paragraph, what is the effect of the parallel construction of the sentences?
  • Again, in the first paragraph, Dickens presents us with a paradox . How can it have been both “the best of times and the worst of times”?
  • Use annotations to indicate ways in which that statement is proven true by circumstances described in the opening.