How do Mr. Lorry's dress and age suggest that he is, like the bank which he represents, the very essence of respectability, stability, and tradition?

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Mr. Lorry is described as wearing a flaxen (light blond) wig, which he repeatedly adjusts and sets firmly on his head, even though it does not move. His is in his sixties at the beginning of the novel and in his eighties when the story ends. This is significant in that it shows that he is dedicated to his work and sees it as more than just a way to make a living. He wears a brown suit, signifying a quiet dignity in keeping with the dignity of Tellson’s bank and his position with the bank. He is all business when he is speaking of any errand that he takes on the part of the bank. He relaxes some and exhibits a sense of humor when he is with the Manette family, especially with Miss Pross, Lucie’s servant. Miss Pross enjoys teasing him about his seriousness. When, in a rare moment of confidentiality, he wonders if Fate has treated him badly by not bringing a Mrs. Lorry into his life, Miss Pross brushes this possibility to one side, stating that he has been a bachelor from the cradle. In all, Mr. Lorry symbolizes the uprightness and dignity of the British business class.

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