In Book the First, Chapter IV of A Tale of Two Cities Mr. Lorry arrives from the Dover coach and stays in the Royal George Hotel. As he enters the coffee-room, Mr. Lorry is described as a gentleman of sixty who is formally dressed in brown clothes that are somewhat worn, but
very well kept, with large square cuffs and large flaps to the pockets, passed along his way to his breakfast.
Neat and orderly in appearance, Mr. Lorry sits with a hand on each knee; his brown stockings fit well on his handsome legs of which he is proud; his shoes have neat buckles and trim. On his head he wears a flaxen wig that is a bit odd, but his collar and cuffs are "as white as the tops of the waves that broke upon the neighbouring beach." His face, so often controlled, holds a pair of bright eyes that Dickens describes humorously as having
cost their owner, in years gone by, some pains to drill to the composed and reserved expression of Tellson's bank.
His face appears healthy and bears little trace of anxiety. All in all, Mr. Lorry seems to be the consummate man of business, neat and orderly in personal appearance and in mind.