Posted by The Happy Tutor
A butler may identify more with the Master's friends than his own, and feel superior to the other house servants insofar as he and he alone is the Master's personal body servant. Others get along with less: the maids read about Master in the tabloids and swoon over his upcoming marriage, and pore over his pictures, wondering, "Will he propose to Lady Montague?" Yet there is another kind of Uncle Tom who is also Uncle Remus, who teaches the young up and comers in Wealth Bondage how to go along to get along, and who is utterly conscious of each act of deference to the Master's arrogance. Such a trusted advisor will pass himself off as another Jay Hughes, sleeping at the foot of Master's bed, as loyal as a dog, but may be a teacher of another order, come Carnival. Then, as roles are reversed, he will teach Master and Mistress what he teaches young slaves - how to kneel, caper, and smile. For Master cannot govern slaves well unless he at least once a year dances in their shoes.