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The Remains of the Day
Transcript of The Remains of the Day
Kazuo Ishiguro is Japanese, born in Nagasaki, Japan, November 8, 1954 (age 58) and his family moved to England in 1960 when he was 5 years old. Later on he became a British novelist. He studied at University of East Anglia and University of Kent.He is also is the author of six novels, including Never Let Me Go and The Remains of the Day. Ishiguro's work has been translated into forty languages and has won him many honors. He now lives in London with his wife and daughter.
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In July 1956, a butler named Stevens, decides to take a six- day road trip to the West Country of England—a region to the west of Darlington Hall, the house in which Stevens resides and has worked as a butler for thirty-four years.
Stevens is the protagonist and narrator of The Remains of the Day. Stevens is the representative of perfect English butler. He is a precised and proper in everything he does, and his manner of speaking is always formal and refined He never tells anyone what he is truly feeling, and he gives his all his trust to Lord Darlington—a man who himself makes some very poor choices in his life. Although throughout much of the story it seems that Stevens is quite content to have served Lord Darlington, believing that Darlington was doing noble things at the time—Stevens expresses deep regret at the end of the story for failing to cultivate both intimate relationships and his own personal viewpoints and experiences.
Day One–Evening / Salisbury.
Stevens arrives at the guesthouse in Salisbury.The Hayes Society, claims that any butler applying for membership to the Society must possess dignity in keeping their position. Stevens goes on to define what he believes this notion "dignity" enclose.
Prologue: July 1956 / Darlington Hall.
Steven, the head butler in England, takes the opportunity that Mr. Farraday suggested him of getting out and see a bit of the country. Stevens then arrives at Darlington Hall and meets Miss Kenton, the former housekeeper.
Day Two–Morning / Salisbury
Stevens wakes up early and thinks again about Miss Kenton's letter that she had given him, which some of her quotes are very sad. Miss Kenton tells Stevens that his father is very ill. Later on that day, Miss Kenton tells Stevens his father had passed away.
Day Two–Afternoon / Mortimer's Pond, Dorset & Day Three–Morning / Taunton, Somerset.
At the pond, Stevens explains that this is not the first time he has denied working for Lord Darlington. Stevens explains that he is not in any way ashamed to have worked for Lord Darlington, but that so many foolish things are said about the Lord Darlington.
Day Three–Evening / Moscombe, near Tavistock, Devon.
Stevens tells Miss Kenton of Lord Darlington's to fire the Jewish maids. Miss Kenton claims that is wrong to fire them if they have done a wonderful job. Also, Miss Kenton is confused and upset that Stevens never told her the firings had bothered him at all.
Day Four–Afternoon / Little Compton, Cornwall.
Stevens is sitting in the dining hall of the Rose Garden Hotel in the town of Little Compton, Cornwall to visit Miss Kenton.He tells her to meet him at three o'clock. He then meets with Dr. Carlisle. Miss Kenton also tells Stevens that she accepted the proposal of Mr. Cardinal. Stevens has nothing else to say but to congratulate her.
Day Six–Evening / Weymouth.
Stevens writes from a seaside town in Weymouth,and visits Miss Kenton. They both haven't seen each other in twenty years. They catch up on what has happened with both of their lives during those years. Stevens tells Miss Kenton what Darlington Hall is like now with less staff and Mr. Farraday as the employer. He also tells Miss Kenton the sad news that Reginald Cardinal was killed in World War II, in Belgium. Stevens appears to realize how much he loves Miss Kenton.
When Stevens hears what Miss Kenton tells him about the possibility of a life they might have had together, he says that his "heart is breaking." The only thing he tells her is to make the best out of her life to be happy with her family and her grandchildren.Then the bus comes, and Miss Kenton leaves. In the novel, he appears to be crying when a man starts talking to him, and he tries to comfort him.Stevens feels that he is making more and more errors while working at Darlington Hall. The man tells him not to look back so much because it will only make him unhappier. Then he says that the evening is the best part of the day for most people. Stevens decides to make the best of what remains of his day.The first thing he will work on upon his return to Darlington Hall is bantering, which he hopes, when Mr. Farraday comes back, that he will be able "to pleasantly surprise him."
Stevens never tells Miss Kenton that he loves her because he feels that it is too late, now that she talks about her husband and daughter to him. Stevens notes that Miss Kenton passionate nature seems to have dissipated, and that her expression often seems to be one of sadness. Stevens finally breaks down during the evening when he is sitting on the pier, there he realizes how much better it would have been for both of them if they had been the ones to marry. Miss Kenton is not sure of working back at the Darlington Hall, she is about to have a grandchild. Stevens is depressed but comforts himself with the thought that there is dignity in the fact that he willingly sacrificed other things in life in order to devote himself to Lord Darlington.
In this episode it illustrates Stevens's old-fashioned, conservative views. Stevens recalls his morning drive with Dr. Carlisle to refill the gas in his car. Dr. Carlisle asks Stevens if he is really a dignitary, or just a manservant. Stevens then tells him that he is the butler at Darlington Hall. Reginald Cardinal, the son of Lord Darlington close friend Sir David Cardinal, arrives and asks to speak with Miss Kenton. Miss Kenton tells Stevens that Reginald, is the man who asked to marry her and she needs time to think. Eventually, Miss Kenton returns from her outing and tells Stevens she has accepted her acquaintance's marriage proposal. Stevens overhears Mr. Cardinal saying that Lord Darlington has assembled the British Prime Minister, the Foreign Secretary, and the German Ambassador to promote the idea of the Prime Minister making a visit to Nazi Germany. Stevens then goes to get a bottle of port from the cellar for the dignitaries. He then sees Miss Kenton crying , but he proceeds downstairs to serve the men, who he thinks they might change history.
The Remains of the Day
Stevens is a butler, who is very formal. He then got a job for six days at Darlington Hall, in West Country of England and meets Miss Kenton. She is less formal but is a hard worker, just like Stevens. She is the head housekeeper in Darlington Hall.
Stevens likes Mr Farraday, but doesnt communicate with him a lot. He is serious and doesnt like to joke around. The other reson he went to Darlington Hall is to meet with Miss Kenton.
Miss Kenton gets married and have kids and gets very old. Later on she gets grandchildren. She sends Stevens letters which makes Stevens think her marriage is going bad. Miss Kenton over thinks about going back as a house keeper.
Stevens and Miss Kenton don't see each other for 20 years. Stevens describes his memories working at Darlington Hall during World War two. He talks about the elegant parties and the people who go stay for dinner and talk about important bussiness.
Stevens meets other butlers and become friends with them. He doesn't express his feelings about anything, especially about Miss Kenton. He starts to have romantic feelings for her.
Stevens never got to tell Miss Kenton how he feels about her. He regrets not telling her after meeting with her at the train stop. They talk about what they're lives are like now, since they didn't see each other for a long time.
At the end of this novel, Miss Kenton admits to him that her life could have been better and happier if they were both married. She is now called Miss Benn because she is married.
After hearing those words, Stevens is upset.The train gets there, Stevens and Miss Kenton say their good byes. They both go in their separate ways. Stevens goes back to Darlington Hall. At the End, they are not exactly happy of how their lifes turn out to be.