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"It was the best of oatmeals, it was the worst of oatmeals."

A Tale of Two Cities is a novel by Charles Dickens published in 1859. Set in London and Paris before and during the French Revolution, its opening line has been referenced often in popular culture: "It was the best of times, it was the worst of times."

References

  • A Sesame Street sketch, in which Bert vocally copies Ernie's drumming, features Bert reading A Tale of Two Breakfasts. From the book, he reads the line, "It was the best of oatmeals, it was the worst of oatmeals."
  • At the beginning of "Adding, Adding, Adding", Bert reads, "It was the best of pigeons, it was the worst of pigeons." He reads a similar passage from A Tale of Two Pigeons in a later sketch, while the same book cover and title appear when Rubber Duckie gets the hiccups.
  • The Muppet Meeting Film "Sales Savvy" begins with the narrator reciting "It was the best of times, it was the worst of times."
  • When the lights go out in The Jim Henson Hour episode "Videotape", Vicki uses the cover of darkness to recite some theatre by paraphrasing the final line from A Tale of Two Cities: "'Tis a far, far better thing than I have ever done be..."
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