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By his own admission, Mr. Stevens did not take Mr. Farraday’s suggestion about a break seriously at first. Yet, his attitude to this same suggestion “underwent a change over the following days.”
Mr. Stevens was upset by the damage caused to the English countryside by German bombs.
Mr. Farraday suddenly decided to lock up the great house for an unspecified length of time.
Mr. Stevens recognized that he had lately given himself too much to do and therefore needed a rest.
Mr. Stevens received a letter from Miss Kenton.
The senior Mr. Stevens had taken seriously ill.