In A Tale of Two Cities, Dickens uses the characters Lucie Manette, Monsieur Manette, and the metaphor of the golden thread to emphasize the theme that only a very strong bond can give someone the will to be resurrected. When we first encounter Monsieur Manette, he is a broken man: his voice is a “feeble echo”, his eyes are “sunken…and hopeless”, and his face has “hollowed and thinned”. (Dickens 47) He doesn’t react to Monsieur Defarge, and doesn’t recognize Mr. Lorry, but Lucie manages to get past his vacant gaze. He recognizes her “golden curls” as those of his wife, and after a touching moment spent in his daughter’s arms, he seems to have waken from a long dream. (Dickens 54) Without Lucie (and her golden hair), he wouldn’t have recollected his consciouness and returned to life. Five years later, he seems to be a recovered man, although he is sometimes still haunted by “the shadow of the Bastille” and his imprisonment. (Dickens 95) When these episodes do come over him, “only his daughter has the power of charming [the] black brooding from his mind”. (Dickens 96) Lucie is compared to a “golden thread”, in reference to her golden locks that first brought Monsieur Manette from his semi-conscious state, that “united him to a Past…and to a Present”. (Dickens 96) She is the golden thread that the title of the second book refers to; Lucie is the bridge that brought Monsieur Manette out of his miserable imprisonment and the present time. She is the only reason he has wanted to have his life recalled, representing the golden thread that ties him to this second chance at life. The idea that Monsieur Manette might not have wanted to be “recalled to life” after 18 years of imprisonment was hinted at in Mr. Lorry’s dreams much earlier in the book, and so Dickens emphasizes that only a truly strong reason could persuade him to want to live again. Lucie, his daughter, the only string that ties him to regaining his life, is the reason that Dickens provides. This metaphor is not only a major theme, but important in understanding the truth behind Monsieur Manette’s decision, as well as Lucie’s true role in the story so far.