I reread A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens recently and was struck at how coincidental it was that Sydney Carton just happened to be in France during the time Charles Darnay was accused the second time. Darnay had been imprisoned for a year before that. Why hadn't Carton gone during that time? How did he know he'd be needed right at that moment? If he was there for Darnay, why wasn't he at the trial where he was released before he was taken again? Was he there on other business or just to support Darnay? Did I miss something?