A Tale of Two Cities: A Story of the French Revolution by Charles Dickens

By Charles Dickens

Charles Dickens takes us to the 12 months 1775, the place England and France are present process a interval of social upheaval and turmoil.

The forces which are resulting in revolution in France are colliding with a circle of individuals in England, inflicting their destinies to be irrevocably intertwined.

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In this chapter I would like to focus on the dream of social visibility offered by Smith’s economic theory, which is the first systemic overview of the economic revolution that accompanied industrialism in Britain. But just as a landscape may be coherent from one point of view and confusing from another, this overview is dependent on the construction of a distinct social vantage point. indd 21 3/17/2011 10:24:59 AM 22 The ‘Invisible Hand’ and British Fiction, 1818–1860 is a figure of leisure, like the disinterested gentleman, but unlike him he has no distinct political power.

Neither intends to promote the publick interest, nor knows how much he is promoting it’) that makes possible the reconciliation of his freedom with that public good. e. self-interest) and acting with benevolence for others, in fact, is that we cannot survey or control the results of any actions whose effects are meant to diffuse into the general population. However, Smith presumes that we know what is best for ourselves. He does not say that benevolence is bad for the economy, merely that he does not know (and presumably, neither do we) of any good that has come of it.

Smith counters this presumption only by suggesting that the merchant values ‘having some part of his capital always under his own view and command’ (WN I, 454–5) so much that he is willing to pay the surcharge of routing foreign trade through his home port before re- export. But this leaves open the question of whether the nation would still benefit from foreign trade if it were not always routed through a central warehouse of some kind, or if the merchant were not a person but a corporate firm with more than one pair of eyes.

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