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Mr. Stevens regards his father as a butler who embodied dignity, while conceding that his father might have lacked “various attributes one may normally expect in a great butler.”

In the excerpt given below, identify the words and phrases that convey Mr. Stevens’s opinion of some of those attributes.

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"I realize that if one looks at the matter objectively, one has to concede my father lacked various attributes one may normally expect in a great butler. But these same absent attribute, I would argue, are every time those of a superficial and decorative order, attributes that are attractive, no doubt, as icing on the cake but are not pertaining to what is really essential. I refer to things such as good accent, command of language, general knowledge on wide-ranging topics such as falconing or newt-mating, attributes, none of which my which my father could have boasted. "
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