In Dickens' A Tale of Two Cities, Dickens offers one character that shows evidence of being the archetype for an outlaw—Jerry Cruncher. The use of the term "outlaw" refers to one who operates outside of, or breaks, the law.
We are given an image of Jerry's work ethic, and how he appears like an outlaw, in Chapter Two. He has been sent with a message to Mr. Lorry, the London banker who is traveling to Paris. Jerry shows himself serious about his job, letting the reader know that he is a dedicated worker. He is covered with mud and his hat is close to holding a "half a gallon" of rainwater, but he delivers his message and receives a response before seeing to his own physical comforts. He also is mindful of the welfare of his horse, believing the mare will be harmed should Jerry do more than walk her on uneven ground having already ridden her hard to intercept Lorry. Here is a man who has his priorities straight—work is work, and there is no fooling around.
Mr. Lorry's response puzzles all that hear it—the coach's driver, the guard and Jerry. Whatever deeper meaning Lorry's message has, Jerry takes it at face value because of his profession. For as a thief of dead bodies, it would not do well if the corpses were "RECALLED TO LIFE," for it would damage Jerry's business irreparably.
‘Recalled to life.’ That’s a Blazing strange message. Much of that wouldn’t do for you, Jerry! I say, Jerry! You’d be in a Blazing bad way, if recalling to life was to come into fashion, Jerry!
Jerry is the "resurrection" man, one who "resurrects" dead bodies from the graveyard to sell to medical students so they can "perfect their craft." Perhaps what makes Jerry not as reprehensible as one might first think him to be is that he sees nothing wrong with his actions. He is making an "honest" living—it's not as if the dead bodies are needed by anyone else (particularly the deceased)—though stealing them is illegal.
Ironically, Jerry might seem more the "outlaw" less because he is a thief and more because he has rejected "prayer." A moral individual would see it as a strength—to resist the evils and temptations of life.
Jerry has the looks of what one would expect of an outlaw. In Chapter Two, he is close to being shot as a highwayman. His hat is pulled down against the weather and his face is concealed (though with mud, not a mask); his voice is hoarse—as one might expect an outlaw to change his voice to avoid being identified.
In Chapter Three we learn that Jerry keeps his eyes covered by the shadow of his hat. If eyes are "the window of the soul," he is reticent to give away much about himself through these "pale orbs:"
He had eyes...being of a surface black, with no depth in the colour or form...
His hair is also offsetting:
Except on the crown, which was raggedly bald, he had stiff, black hair, standing jaggedly all over it, and growing downhill almost to his broad, blunt nose...
And beside Jerry's appearance, he has an uncommon interest in funerals, not surprising with his profession.
Funerals had at all times a remarkable attraction for Mr. Cruncher; he always pricked up his senses, and became excited, when a funeral passed Tellson’s.
Even though Jerry is "respected" and considers himself a "hardworking honest man," his trade in corpses—which is distasteful and illegal—fill out the impression of an outlaw more so that the other characters in the novel.