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English aristocratic novel; tragedy; pre-World War II novel
Stevens, a butler
Point of view
Extremely proper and formal diction, with many English locutions, though hints of nostalgia and regret color most of the narrative
Present, when speaking about the present road trip; past, when speaking about memories
Early 1920s–July 1956, with especial focus on the period leading up to World War II
Darlington Hall; Stevens's road trip through the West Country to Little Compton, Cornwall
Stevens's struggle with the knowledge that he has devoted his life to serving a man who may not in fact be a "great gentleman"; his regret that in doing so he has limited his worldview and been unable to accept or express his feelings for Miss Kenton
Stevens's brief meeting with Miss Kenton at the end of the novel
Stevens's newfound resolve to perfect the art of bantering and to stop thinking about what might have been
Stevens's occasional offhand allusions to events that turn out to be highly significant later in the narrative
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