As inferior beings they were expected to exist solely

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were commonly thought of as inferior not just as workers, but as people. As inferior  beings, they were expected to exist solely to serve the household in which they worked. According to Stevens, a dignified butler is never able to freely express himself: the butler  in the tiger story cannot acknowledge the urgency and bizarreness of the situation, just  as Stevens's father must put up with annoying houseguests without ever expressing his  dislike for them. Butlers cannot choose whether or not to react to any given situation;  they are always expected to repress their own feelings. Counter Argument: How all this duty and dignity leaves Stevens to never fulfill his own  desires. Professional commitment leaves him unaware of the outside world. He  embodies older codes of decorum. However society is more concerned with the present  and being less proper therefore proving how Stevens is stuck in the past. The landscape Miss Kenton Regret
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