Butler


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Butler,

city (1990 pop. 15,714), seat of Butler co., W Pa.; inc. as a borough 1817, as a city 1917. It is located in an area with coal, natural gas, oil, and limestone resources. Glass and plastic products, machinery, and abrasives are made. Moraine State Park is there.

Butler

See also Servant.
Balderstone, Caleb
archetypal faithful servant of the Ravens-woods. [Br. Lit.: Bride of Lammermoor]
Bunter Lord
Peter Wimsey’s foil and jack-of-all-trades. [Br. Lit.: The Nine Tailors]
Crichton
resourceful servant proves more than equal to his employers when household is marooned. [Br. Lit.: The Admirable Crichton]
Davy
Justice Shallow’s varlet; assumes identity of master. [Br. Lit.: Henry IV]
Face
Lovewit’s house servant; connives to make profit by alchemy. [Br. Lit.: The Alchemist]
French, Mr.
gentleman’s gentleman for architect and motherless children. [TV: “Family Affair” in Terrace, I, 254]
Godfrey
when the impecunious socialite is hired as a butler, he and his mistress fall in love. [Am. Cinema: My Man Godfrey in Halliwell]
Hudson, Mr.
nostalgic, punctilious master of “downstairs.” [Br. TV: Upstairs, Downstairs]
Jeeves
manservant who frequently rescues his master. [Br. Lit.: novels of P. G. Wodehouse; Espy, 337]
Lurch
Addams’s zombielike, extremely tall butler. [TV: “The Addams Family” in Terrace, I, 29]
Passepartout
bungling foil to the punctilious Fogg. [Fr. Lit.: Around the World in Eighty Days]

Butler

1. Joseph. 1692--1752, English bishop and theologian, author of Analogy of Religion (1736)
2. Josephine (Elizabeth). 1828--1906, British social reformer, noted esp for her campaigns against state regulation of prostitution
3. Reg, full name Reginald Cotterell Butler. 1913--81, British metal sculptor; his works include The Unknown Political Prisoner (1953)
4. R(ichard) A(usten), Baron Butler of Saffron Walden, known as Rab Butler. 1902--82, British Conservative politician: Chancellor of the Exchequer (1951--55); Home Secretary (1957--62); Foreign Secretary (1963--64)
5. Samuel. 1612--80, English poet and satirist; author of Hudibras (1663--78)
6. Samuel. 1835--1902, British novelist, noted for his satirical work Erewhon (1872) and his autobiographical novel The Way of All Flesh (1903)
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The butler had paused below but a few minutes to give orders, and then followed them; now he pressed a button, and the hall blazed with light.
The chief butler liked nothing better than to see people turned into swine, or making any kind of a beast of themselves; so he made haste to bring the royal goblet, filled with a liquid as bright as gold, and which kept sparkling upward, and throwing a sunny spray over the brim.
The butler brought me my coffee into the library, and I took the chance to ask him a few questions.
That was our first drama at Hurlstone; but a second one came to drive it from our minds, and it was prefaced by the disgrace and dismissal of butler Brunton.
Or again, he may not," said Mr Butler, and sat down suddenly for the second time.
And the horses shook themselves, and the dogs jumped up and barked; the pigeons took their heads from under their wings, and looked about and flew into the fields; the flies on the walls buzzed again; the fire in the kitchen blazed up; round went the jack, and round went the spit, with the goose for the king's dinner upon it; the butler finished his draught of ale; the maid went on plucking the fowl; and the cook gave the boy the box on his ear.
Your 'ot water, sir,' said the butler, austerely but not unkindly.
Jackson had helped himself to a slice of the tepid filet which the mournful butler had handed him with a look as sceptical as his own, and had rejected the mushroom sauce after a scarcely perceptible sniff.
The German tutor was trying to remember all the dishes, wines, and kinds of dessert, in order to send a full description of the dinner to his people in Germany; and he felt greatly offended when the butler with a bottle wrapped in a napkin passed him by.
My master will come to you in a few minutes," the butler announced.
Butler, Charles Butler he was called, found himself alone in the world.
The butler laid a special emphasis on the personal pronoun.

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