Mr. Stevens: A traditional English butler and the narrator of the story. Stevens epitomizes the perfect English butler and is meticulous, proper and always formal and refined. Dedicated in service and in his profession. Nearing the end of three decades of service at Darlington Hall, he embarks on a country drive in which he begins to reassess his unquestioning service and to a man he describes as "a great gentleman".
“By the very nature of a witticism, one is given very little time to assess its various repercussions before one is called to give voice to it, and one gravely risks uttering all manner of unsuitable things if one has not first acquired the necessary skill and experience.”
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