The Remains of the Day

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Such a Likeness


Strange beds have rarely agreed with me, and after only a short spell of somewhat troubled slumber, I awoke an hour or so ago. It was then still dark, and knowing I had a full day’s motoring ahead of me, I made an attempt to return to sleep. This proved futile, and when I decided eventually to rise, it was still so dark that I was obliged to turn on the electric light in order to shave at the sink in the corner. But when having finished I switched it off again, I could see early daylight at the edges of the curtains.

The atmosphere and general mood Ishiguro creates in the passage above are startlingly reminiscent of a similar ambience in another setting in this very chapter. Who is the main character in that episode?


Mr. DuPont


Lord Darlington


Mr. William Stevens


Mr. Cardinal


Miss Kenton