James goes to spend a weekend at Somerby Park, ancestral home of his friend Bunny Newbury who is now a Marquis having recently inherited his title from his late father. Bunny has also invited Diana Russell whom he hopes will marry him. She and James were great friends in their youth with Diana spending a good deal of time at Southwold and she clearly has her eye on him, much to Bunny's dismay. Hudson has accompanied James for the weekend to act as his valet and his loader for the shooting. He is somewhat in awe of the large estate and can only imagine what it would be like to be butler in such a household. Lunch on shooting day is something of a disaster when the butler Makepiece, is in his cups and unable to organize the event properly. Hudson steps in and takes charge ensuring all goes well and catching the eye of Bunny's mother, Lady Newbury who comment to the housekeeper that Hudson is exactly the kind of man they would need at the estate. As for James, he realizes that throughout...
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[Referring to her mother
Only her idea of marrying well is not the same as mine.
I believe marriage should be something more than agreeing to share the same house and butler. I sometimes wish I was born in something-or-other B.C., when people lived in caves, and men and women got married just to huddle together for warmth and stop each other from being frightened of the dark.
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