Servants on Top

Hallie O'Donovan hallieod at
Tue Jun 14 07:35:36 EDT 2005

>Colin wrote:
>>  Suggested subcategories:
>>  1. The master is posing as the servant
>>      1a. Long-term
>>      1b. For some specific event
>>  2. The servant has some sinister hold on the master
>>  3. The servant is so good at everything that the master relies on him
>>  and doesn't even realise
>>  4. The master is stupid and doesn't realise the servant is
>  > running rings around him.

Subcategory of 4? The master is (emotionally) stupid and leaves 
everything in the hands of servants because he/she just doesn't care. 
Mr Craven of _The Secret Garden_ being a good example.

How about Estelle in _Great Expectations_?  Not a servant, but (like 
Mordion) someone raised/trained for a specific end, and successfully 
so, but at a cost for the would-be-user also.


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