The French Revolution wasn’t televised, but was broadcast via The Novel. This classic puts a face on one of the bloodiest moments in history. It is the face of Charles Darnay, a nobleman who rejects the aristocracy and immigrates to London. He goes back to Paris during the uprising to help a friend who has been arrested. This proves fatal, when he’s identified as an Evrémonde, a family known for cruelty towards the peasantry. It is also the face of Syndey Carton, who bears a striking resemblance to Darnay. Carton, a troubled cynic, does “a far, far better thing” than he has ever done and finds peace amidst chaos and death.