Jarvis Lorry is the representative of Tellson's Bank, an old, respected and established English institution. He is a modest dresser, about sixty years old, and likes to show off his developed calves. He is not overly handsome, but not unattractive as a person. He in instrumental in helping many people who have been imprisoned or exiled as a result of the Revolution and bringing them back to England. As a character, he is the epitome of English virtue. His chief purpose is to move the plot along and to illuminate the theme of imprisonment and redemption which happens to so many other characters in this book.