The Remains of the Day

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Mr. Stevens’s Exacting Standards


We are told that Miss Kenton and Mr. Stevens’s father arrived at the same time at Darlington Hall to replace an under-butler and housekeeper, who had left the profession to get married. Commenting on this, Mr. Stevens makes certain important observations.
Which of Mr. Stevens’s observations foreground his biases in the excerpt given below?

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“Since that time, I have lost numerous more employees in such circumstances. Of course, one has to expect such things to occur amongst maids and foot-men, and a good butler should always take this into account in his planning, but such marrying amongst more senior employees can have an extremely disruptive effect on work. Of course, if two members of staff happen to fall in love and decide to marry, it would be churlish to be apportioning blame; but I find a major irritation are those persons—and housekeepers are particularly guilty here—who have no commitment to their profession and who are essentially going from post to post looking for romance. This sort of person is a blight on good professionalism."