The Remains of the Day | Study Guide

Kazuo Ishiguro

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The Remains of the Day | Characters

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James Stevens James Stevens, known simply as Stevens in the novel, is the head butler of Darlington Hall as well as the novel's narrator and protagonist. His motorcar journey to Cornwall is paralleled by his journey into the past. Read More
Miss Kenton Miss Kenton, whose married name is Mrs. Benn, was the housekeeper at Darlington Hall for many years and grew to love Stevens, although she married another man. Read More
Lord Darlington Lord Darlington is an aristocrat and the former owner of Darlington Hall whose naive involvement in politics leads to his ruin. Read More
Mr. Stevens William Stevens—James Stevens's father— epitomizes his son's idea of greatness and serves as under-butler at Darlington Hall until his death. Read More
Mr. Farraday Mr. Farraday is the new owner of Darlington Hall and James Stevens's new employer. Read More
Miss Agnes Miss Agnes is one of the recently hired maids at Darlington Hall, now under ownership of Mr. Farraday.
George Andrews George Andrews is a neighbor of Mr. and Mrs. Taylor who comes to meet their gentleman guest, Mr. Stevens.
Lady Astor Lady Astor is an American-born English socialite and historical figure who visits Darlington Hall and remarks that the silver is quite likely unrivaled.
Mrs. Carolyn Barnet Mrs. Carolyn Barnet is a frequent visitor to Darlington Hall during the summer of 1932 and a member of Sir Oswald Mosley's "blackshirts" organization.
The Colonel's batman The batman, or military servant, serves a retired colonel, judges Stevens to be "one of them top-notch butlers," and directs him to the picturesque Mortimer's Pond.
Mr. Benn Mr. Benn is Miss Kenton's husband, and was formerly a butler and then a businessman.
Herr Karl-Heinz Bremann Herr Karl-Heinz Bremann is a former World War I German Army officer and Lord Darlington's friend who introduces his lordship to the devastating hardships imposed on Germany by the Treaty of Versailles.
Sir David Cardinal Sir David Cardinal is Lord Darlington's closest ally during his involvement in international affairs during the interwar years.
Mr. Reginald Cardinal Mr. Reginald Cardinal is Sir David Cardinal's son and Lord Darlington's godson who is killed during World War II.
Dr. Richard Carlisle Dr. Richard Carlisle is the local doctor in Moscombe who guesses Stevens is a manservant rather than a gentleman, as the villagers suppose.
Catherine Catherine is the married daughter of Miss Kenton (now Mrs. Benn) and is expecting a child.
Mr. David Charles Mr. David Charles is a gentleman who once observed Stevens's father (a butler) silently shame two drunken guests who had insulted his employer.
Mrs. Clements Mrs. Clements is the only other staff member remaining after Darlington Hall is sold to Mr. Farraday.
Mr. Davidson Mr. Davidson was in service at Easterly House and a respected colleague of Stevens.
Mr. John Donalds Mr. John Donalds was valet to Mr. Sidney Dickenson and judged among the finest professionals in England.
M. Dupont M. Dupont is a French gentleman whose presence at the 1923 conference at Darlington Hall is critical to its outcome.
Sir Richard Fox Sir Richard Fox is Lord Darlington's colleague from his lordship's Foreign Office days.
Mr. Harry Graham Mr. Harry Graham was valet-butler to Sir James Dickenson, and is a colleague admired and frequently referred to with nostalgia by Stevens.
Lord Halifax Lord Halifax is an influential British politician who visited Darlington Hall.
Mr. Herman Mr. Herman was valet to Mr. John Henry Peters and a respected colleague of Stevens.
Mr. James Mr. James is one of two gentlemen who once were wordlessly shamed by Stevens's father, William, for insulting the man whom William served as butler.
Mr. Lane Mr. Lane served as butler at Bridewood and, like Mr. Marshall, helped to set the standards for the profession among Stevens's generation of butlers.
Leonard Leonard is Steven's older brother who died during the Southern African War in a controversial attack on civilian Boer settlements.
Sir Leonard Sir Leonard is a visitor to Darlington Hall who still believes government based on the will of the people is not outdated.
Mr. Lewis Mr. Lewis is an American senator who attends the March 1923 conference at Darlington Hall and accuses Lord Darlington of being a naive amateur.
Miss Lisa Miss Lisa is hired to replace the dismissed Jewish maids and becomes Miss Kenton's protégé until she (Lisa) runs off with the footman to be married.
Mr. Marshall Mr. Marshall served as butler at Charleville House and, like Mr. Lane, helped set the standards for the profession among Stevens's generation of butlers.
Dr. Meredith Dr. Meredith is the house doctor at Darlington Hall who attends Stevens's father as he is dying.
Mr. Trevor Morgan Mr. Trevor Morgan lives in Moscombe and drops in on his neighbors, the Taylors, to meet the visiting gentleman, Mr. Stevens.
Mrs. Mortimer Mrs. Mortimer is the cook at Darlington Hall and helps attend to Stevens's father as he is dying.
Sir Oswald Mosley Sir Oswald Mosley was a British politician—an historical figure—who formed the British Union of Fascists in 1932; a man with whom Lord Darlington had brief contact.
Mr. Jack Neighbours Mr. Jack Neighbours was a butler known for his technical flourishes, but who lacked the true quality of greatness, in Stevens's opinion.
Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain was Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1937 to 1940 and the main guest at a secret meeting with Herr Ribbentrop at Darlington Hall.
Herr Ribbentrop Herr Ribbentrop is the German Ambassador to Great Britain during the mid-1930s.
Miss Rosemary Miss Rosemary is one of the recently hired maids at Darlington Hall, now under ownership of Mr. Farraday.
Miss Ruth Miss Ruth is one of two maids dismissed by Lord Darlington for being Jewish.
Miss Sarah Miss Sarah is one of two maids dismissed by Lord Darlington for being Jewish.
George Bernard Shaw George Bernard Shaw is a renowned playwright and historical figure who visits Darlington Hall during the 1930s.
Mr. John Silvers Mr. John Silvers is an industrialist whom Stevens's father, William Stevens, served as butler for 15 years.
Mr. Smith Mr. Smith is one of two gentlemen who once were wordlessly shamed by Stevens's father, William, for insulting the man whom William served as butler.
Mr. and Mrs. Harry Smith Mr. and Mrs. Harry Smith are visitors the night Stevens takes shelter with the Taylors in Moscombe; Harry expresses strong views about dignity and the common man.
Mr. Spencer Mr. Spencer is a guest of Lord Darlington's who uses Stevens's inability to answer complex political questions to prove ideas of democracy are outmoded.
The stranger on the pier The stranger on the pier is a retired butler who spends a few quiet moments with Stevens on the seaside pier at Weymouth and offers him some sage and comforting advice.
Mrs. Jane Symons Mrs. Jane Symons is author of the travel guide The Wonder of England, which Stevens uses to plan his journey.
Mr. and Mrs. Taylor Mr. and Mrs. Taylor are residents of Moscombe and offer Stevens shelter for the night when his car runs out of gas.
Mr. and Mrs. Wakefield Mr. and Mrs. Wakefield are an American couple living in England who visit Mr. Farraday at Darlington Hall.
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