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A man named Stevens embarks on a journey to the west country at the end of the prologue Stevens a model English butler narrates the novel in such a way that shows if he is expressing his emotions or concealing them Stevens solitary journey reveals more to the reader than it does to himself which creates an unreliable narrator out of Stevens For example Stevens believes that he is making his trip to visit miss Kenton for professional reasons in order to offer her a job at Darlington Hall However the underlying meaning seen in Stevenss emotionless concealing language is that he has more than professional feelings for Miss Kenton Stevens does his best the convince himself as well as the reader that his intentions are strictly professional saying I would of course have to write to Miss Kenton to tell her I might be passing by 20 He puts his emotions aside and states I can see no genuine reason why I should not undertake this trip 20 The early career of Stevens was spent moving between households trying to achieve his goal of becoming a great butler He holds his father in the same light as butlers such as Mr Marshall of Charleville House and Mr Land of Bridewood 34 saying they are two great butlers of recent times 34 Stevens describes his father saying he not only knew all there was to know about how to run a house he did in his prime come to acquire that dignity in keeping with his position as the Hayes Society puts it 35 The idea of dignity and what it means to have dignity is very important to Stevens and can be described by him by using his father Stevens says if I try then to describe to you what I believe made my father thus distinguished I may in this way convey my idea of what dignity is 35 This is part of
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