A close friend of Lord Darlington who works with him to gather together important figures in order to attempt to ease relations between Britain and Germany. Sir Cardinal is another example of an earlier generation of aristocrats that are dying off by the 1930s. While their polite and unofficial way of doing politics is falling out of vogue, they still strive to maintain their power and traditions.
The timeline below shows where the character Sir David Cardinal appears in The Remains of the Day. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Day Two: Morning
...Who’s Who volume, he apologized for interrupting Stevens, but mentioned that he was godfather to Sir David’s son, Reginald, who was engaged to be married. Sir David had asked Darlington to communicate... (full context)
...tense atmosphere began to pervade it. At one relatively calm moment Stevens spotted the young Mr. Cardinal strolling outside and resolved to try again with his task: if he concealed himself behind... (full context)
...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 Stevens several times if... (full context)
Day Four: Afternoon
Day Six: Evening
...did they touch on Lord Darlington, when Stevens mentioned his sadness at the death of Mr. Cardinal in the war. Miss Kenton brought up the unsuccessful libel suit, which she’d heard about,... (full context)