An Innocent Millionaire

Vizinczey, Stephen

Atlantic Monthly, 1983

p. 86

Marianne Hardwick–rich, beautiful, pampered–gets irritated by one of her servants, Fawkes, “objecting to his insincere solicitude and demanding that he behave naturally with her, express his true feelings. ‘I was hired to do my work,’ he protested. ‘I got no time to worry if my feelings pleases you.’ It wouldn’t matter, Marianne argued, whether she was pleased or not. ‘It matters to me, mistress,’ he answered. ‘I wants to keep my job.’” In vain she triee to convince him that she wouldn’t dismiss him for being out-spoken; Fawkes couldn’t overlook the fact that Mrs. Hardwick “had the privilege of changing her mind about that. It was enough for him to do his job, he didn’t want to take on the extra work of being sincere with her. ‘We has a right to our privacy, mistress,’ he would say, speaking in this matter for the whole staff. Kevin Hardwick to Marianne: They are “here for the pay, not the company. My father used to say that to have a servant is to know that you can’t buy affection.