The Remains of the Day | Study Guide

Kazuo Ishiguro

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The Remains of the Day | Chapter Summaries

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Timeline of Events

  • July 1956

    Miss Kenton's letter prompts Stevens's road trip to request she return to Darlington Hall.

  • Day One, evening

    Views of the English countryside spark Stevens's thoughts on standards of greatness and his father.

    Chapter 1
  • Day Two, morning

    Stevens recalls Miss Kenton's arrival, his father's death, and a 1923 conference at Darlington Hall.

    Chapter 2
  • Day Two, afternoon

    Stevens ponders why he has denied being butler to Lord Darlington, whom he insists is a noble man.

    Chapter 3
  • Day Three, morning

    Recalled events highlight Lord Darlington's growing support of Herr Ribbentrop and the Nazi regime.

    Chapter 4
  • Day Three, evening

    Stevens endures a trying evening and retreats into reflection on his relationship with Miss Kenton.

    Chapter 5
  • Day Four, afternoon

    Stevens recalls when devotion to duty destroyed his last chance of life and love with Miss Kenton.

    Chapter 6
  • Day Six, evening

    Returning to Darlington Hall alone, Stevens resolves to make the best of his remaining days.

    Chapter 7

Chapter Summaries Chart

Chapter Summary
Prologue The period is July 1956. A genial American, Mr. Farraday, has recently purchased Darlington Hall. Situated near Oxford, ... Read More
Chapter 1 The first day of Steven's trip has ended at a guest house in the city of Salisbury, where he will spend the night. Looki... Read More
Chapter 2 Stevens awakens early and, while waiting for the landlady to arise, his thoughts turn to passages in Miss Kenton's lette... Read More
Chapter 3 As Stevens continues his travels, he reflects again on the qualities of "dignity" and "greatness" in a butler, and assoc... Read More
Chapter 4 Stevens spends the previous night at the Coach and Horses, a small inn outside the town of Taunton, Somerset. Before ret... Read More
Chapter 5 Stevens returns to an instance of anti-Semitism at Darlington Hall that cannot be ignored. For much of the summer of 193... Read More
Chapter 6 Stevens has recently finished lunch at the Rose Garden Hotel in Little Compton. The set time for his visit with Miss Ken... Read More
Chapter 7 Stevens's final journal entries are made while in a seaside town in Weymouth. It has been two days since his meeting wit... Read More
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