“Vengeance and retribution require a long time; it is the rule”
“It does not take a long time to strike a man with Lightning” said Defarge.
“How long”, demanded madame, composedly, “does it take to make and store the lightning? Tell me.”
Defarge raised his head thoughtfully, as if there were something in that too.
“It does not take a long time”, said madame, “for an earthquake to swallow a town. Eh well! Tell me how long it takes to prepare the earthquake?”
“A long time, I suppose” said Defarge” [Page 174, eBook edition]