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While socializing with the village folks at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Taylor, what is that prompts Mr. Stevens to imply that he was once a person of influence in international circles?
Mr. Stevens is seen as a “true” gentleman by the assembled company and he gets carried away.
Mrs. Taylor remembers having seen a photo of a Mrs. Stevens in an official capacity.
The rather expensive car Mr. Stevens is driving creates an impression of someone very important.
Mr. Stevens holds on to his fanciful illusion that he had contributed to history in his own small way.
Mr. Stevens wanted to avoid speaking of Lord Darlington.