Jarvis Lorry Character AnalysisBy: Nathalia Castre & Jesse Rivera
Mr. Lorry has nothing but good intentions throughout the entire story. In the very beginning, he seems kind of emotionless, because he says he belongs to his job, Tellson’s Bank.
Throughout the course of the novel, he gets very close to the Manette family. This changes his ways and he begins to feel for the family.
Wise or Unwise Decisions
Jarvis Lorry has several imperative actions throughout the novel. His first and most important action was involving himself in bringing Dr. Manette home to Lucie.
We believe, although it was with all good intentions, it was an unwise decision. He did this in the midst of the times when the nobles were omnipotent. Since he was helping an ex-prisoner, they might have thought he was supporting him. This made him look very vulnerable to the nobles who could've put him in danger.
Mr. Lorry was initially in this just to bring home Mr. Manette to Lucie. He really had no motivation, it was just a duty given from his job.
As the novel progresses, he grows very attatched to the Manette family and this motivates all his ways of acting. All of his choices are for them.
Behavior Towards Other Characters
Mr. Lorry is respectful and helpful to all the characters. Again, his opening appearance in this story is him helping an ex-prisoner find his way back to his orphaned daughter. He could've been risking his life doing this but he did it anyways.
Also, when Darney is being searched for in Paris, he just happens to be there and he decides to help him out. This is out of all due respect and love to the Manettes.
Flat or Round Character
Overall, Jarvis Lorry is leaning more towards a flat character. He does have his times where he is a big focus to other characters and readers, but that's not often. Throughout the novel, he doesn't seem to make the readers think about his decisions or foreshadow any events. He is easy to comprehend.
However, many will consider Mr. Lorry a dynamic character. He starts off being all about his job at Tellson’s Bank but soon realizes there are other important things in life. He never gives up on the bank, but he does find compassion for others throughout the novel.
The author is pretty monotone about Jarvis Lorry. He neither states pity or hate for him.
Mr. Lorry is not a noble or a commoner, and the author mostly focuses on describing the two extremes. He does praise Mr. Lorry's choice to help the Manettes, but aside from that, it can be inferred that he feels no ways about Jarvis.
Photo and Decription
Jarvis Lorry (On the right)
Mr. Lorry wore very formal clothing at all times. He was very well put together for his banking job.
Bankers at this time wore woolen trousers, long woolen button jackets, and scarves. No matter the time of the year, this was the basic look.