Servants live in terror of being unjustly dismissed from a situation without a letter of recommendation. This usually takes the form of being charged with having stolen objects of value. As the reader knows I shrink from making a generalization, but when I do it’s a bold one: persons endowed with enormous inherited wealth tend to be more than a little unbalanced. So would you or I. They know they are marginal citizens- a very small portion of the inhabitants of this industrious or idle, mostly starving, often much enduring, often rebellious world. They are haunted by the dread that what destiny, chance, or God has given them, destiny, chance, or God may as mysteriously withdraw. They are burdened by the problem of their merits. They assume (often with reason, often with none) that they are the object of envy (one of the uglier sins), of hatred or ridicule. They herd together for company. They know that something is wrong, but who began it? Where will it end? Hysteria lurks under the surface. (From Thornton Wilder’s Theophilus North, ch.14)