Friday, January 23, 2009

Top ten butlers in literature

At the Guardian, John Mullan named ten of the best butlers in literature.

Number One on his list:

In Shakespeare's The Tempest, Stephano is a butler (to the household of the shipwrecked Alonso) who is also a murderous rebel. A comic drunk himself, he plies Caliban with booze in order to recruit him to the murder of Prospero, magician lord of the island. He and Trinculo, the court jester, think that they can become rulers, but are returned to service by Prospero's "art".
Read about the other nine butlers.

--Marshal Zeringue