In Book 2 Chapter1 of A Tale of Two Cities How does Dickens describe Mr. Cruncher's  business?

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Jerry Cruncher's "business stock" is a stool made up of a broken chair. Every day he took the stool and his young son to the financial district and found a place to sit and wait for someone to need his services as a porter, messenger, or any other task. He wasn't employed by any one business, but rather made a little money running errands for whomever would pay.

We leanr later that Cruncher's real income came from his work as a "resurrection man," who stole corpses from graves and sold them to medical schools for anatomy lessons.

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