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I once heard that, to make the reader cry, a writer should try to keep the characters dry-eyed.

The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro – a subtle masterpiece of quiet desperation

There are some tears in this novel — yet perhaps not enough, because the tale of the steadfast, hopelessly mistaken Stevens gets me every time. When Miss Kenton announces that his father has died, and that Stevens should come upstairs to see him, he delivers one of the most memorable lines in the book: To be bound to a fine and noble house means everything to Stevens, since it means he is fine and noble, too.

Look at his pathetic pride, ishiguro the remains of the day he prepares to embark on his driving tour of the country: Marshall of Charleville House, or Mr.

Lane […] It is not at all easy to define just what this quality is. Take this unforgettable instance, when Stevens talks to an outraged Miss Kenton ishiguro the remains of the day the dismissal of Jewish staff: The fact is, the world today is a very complicated and treacherous place.

Tragically disciplined & dignified: Kazuo Ishiguro, The Remains of the Day

There are many things you and I are simply not in a position to understand concerning, say, the nature of Jewry. Whereas his lordship, I might venture, is somewhat better placed to judge what is for the best. This mentality is catastrophic, as we all know.

For his employer to be immoral would mean that Stevens is immoral, too. He articulates this towards the end: As for myself, I cannot even claim that. You see, I trusted.

Which leads us to one of the darkest sides of neoliberalism: His father dies, and Stevens is too occupied with worrying about whether his services are being carried out correctly to mourn something that he later reflects on with great pride.

Nor can Stevens bring himself to express feelings about personal matters, ishiguro the remains of the day to do so would compromise his dignity.

Social rules at the time were a major constraint. As the book reveals, servants who wished to marry and have children would have immediately found themselves without a job, as married life is seen as incompatible with service, which requires ishiguro the remains of the day devotion.

A truly "great butler" does not abandon his profession, and, as such, Stevens feels that such choices are foolish in regard to the life of a butler.


Loyalty and politics[ edit ] Stevens is shown as totally loyal to Lord Darlington, whose friendly approach towards Germany, through his friendship to Mrs. Charles Barnet, also results in close contacts to right-wing extremist organisations, such as the Blackshirts of Sir Oswald Mosley.

Due to this, Lord Darlington also discharges two Jewish staff members, a decision he comes to regret. Lord Darlington also had contact with British and German diplomats. In the chapter "day four — afternoon", a meeting is described between the Prime Minister and German Ambassador Ribbentrop in the rooms of Darlington's estate.

Stevens is quite incapable of believing his master to be wrong in this, as Lord Darlington's upbringing and heritage carry a certain type of dignity that is above and beyond Stevens' own. Love and relationships[ edit ] Stevens is arguably aware ishiguro the remains of the day some level of Miss Kenton's feelings for him, but ishiguro the remains of the day is unable to reciprocate.