The Remains of the Day

An American senator who attends the unofficial international “conference” organized by Lord Darlington and Sir David Cardinal in March 1923 to attempt to ease reparations requirements for Germany. Mr. Lewis ultimately reveals himself to be disdainful of this attempt, diagnosing the gentlemen in attendance as amateurs, while modern politics requires professionals. Although his remarks are not taken seriously at the time, Mr. Reginald Cardinal, many years later, admits that Lewis was right.

Mr. Lewis Quotes in The Remains of the Day

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Day Two: Morning Quotes

“He is an amateur and international affairs today are no longer for gentleman amateurs. The sooner you here in Europe realize that the better. All you decent, well-meaning gentlemen, let me ask you, have you any idea what sort of place the world is becoming all around you? The days when you could act out of your noble instincts are over. Except of course, you here in Europe don’t yet seem to know it.”

Related Characters: Mr. Lewis (speaker), Lord Darlington
Page Number: 102
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Day Two: Morning
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Stevens was delayed in his task by the arrival of an American senator, Mr. Lewis . As he arrived Stevens happened to encounter Miss Kenton in the back corridor; asking... (full context)
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At one point, though, Mr. Lewis told the group that Dupont hates Germans with a depth they’d find it hard to... (full context)
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...Darlington Hall for pleasure. He was in a foul mood, but cheered up upon seeing Mr. Lewis . Their constant close proximity proved inconvenient to Lord Darlington, who was unable to speak... (full context)
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That evening, Stevens overheard a conversation between Mr. Lewis and M. Dupont; he’d gone to the latter’s room and waited a second at the... (full context)
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...one must openly condemn anyone who has come to abuse the host’s hospitality. He accused Mr. Lewis of doing so, and condemned Mr. Lewis’s duplicity, even while reassuring the audience that the... (full context)
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After this toast, Mr. Lewis stood and, his voice thick with alcohol, said he won’t waste time on Dupont’s words.... (full context)
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...care for “professionalism” if it means cheating, manipulating, and greed. There was warm applause, although Mr. Lewis smiled and shook his head. At that moment the first footman whispered to Stevens that... (full context)
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...did so, and the footmen looked relieved to see him. The atmosphere was now celebratory; Mr. Lewis had retired. Mr. Cardinal began to engage Stevens in conversation, though he had to ask... (full context)