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Etiquette beween a butler and all others is at least in Stevens world defined clearly and narrowly and dignity has to do crucially with a butlers ability not to abandon the professional being he inhabits 42 He is to be chummy but distant with butlers from other households to maintain a strict professionalism with other employees in his own household and to remain unquestioningly loyal to his own employer To achieve dignity and its crucial link with greatness 113 it seems he must even separate himself from himself as he abstains from the use of first person pronouns and almost always uses the term one when describing his own actions and thoughts In Beerbohms story it is humorous that a brief and not unpleasant interaction between two strangers is a situation of potential ill-will or blame But in the case of Stevens relationships a similar exaltation of the non-participatory spectator-like attitude towards acquaintanceship leads to much sadder results although the same sorts of values are reflected and often are just as amusing the detachment that Stevens equates with dignity is depressing and ultimately is chilling as well The distance Stevens insists upon by default between himself and Mr Graham a butler from another household whom he greatly admires and enjoys denies both a friendship that could be quite gratifying for although we had not known each other well I would say we had got on on those occasions we had met 19 But Stevens though he would like to have discovered what had become of Mr Graham since those evenings talking with him rank amongst my fondest memories never inquires about the man for the simple reason that no suitable opportunity arose for me to gain such information 19 31 Again and again Grahams name appears Stevens thinks of him often But because there is no detached way to discover his whereabouts the potential friendship goes unrealized The professionalism Stevens insists upon between himself and
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