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Mastering the Art of Serving the Rich

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

In the latest Harper's Magazine, John Davidson, author of the upcoming novel The Obedient Assassin (Delphinium, 2014), wrote about taking an 8-week course to learn estate management and how to enter service for the very wealthy. He explains what he learned about the profession and how it compares to popular depictions from another time, like Downton Abbey.

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Comments [2]

Hal from NYC

What can these estate managers expect to earn and what job benefits are offered?

Dec. 31 2013 11:39 AM
rucb_alum from Central New Jersey

Reminds me of a skit idea I had for SNL...

At a posh dinner party, one of the guests comments

GUEST
My family has always been in publishing and media....Great Gramps established a newspaper in the 1880's, Grandpa expanded that into a syndicate of newspapers, Dad added TV and radio and I have guided our transition into electronic and Internet venues...

HOST

Same story here, really, except with transportation from sail and steam through electric cars.

[and then addressing his butler who is serving the guests]

HOST

Jenkins...You are a well-educated, reasonable fellow. What were your people in? Have they always been domestics?

Jenkins
[dressed in tuxedo and serving food from a silver tray]

No, sir. They were Democrats.

Dec. 31 2013 11:08 AM

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