in American Senator

Chapter 70 – At Last

Mr. Masters

For much of the novel, Mr. Masters is defined by two major troubles.  First, he is part of a line of lawyers who have served the squire at Bragton, but he has not filled that role since the death of the old squire.  This was a steady source of income and status for his family, and his second wife now involves herself very dramatically in his business ventures.  In his domestic life, he must wrestle with his wife over control of his daughter, Mary, especially as regards her friendship and residency with Lady Ushant and the habits and mannerisms that she gains from associating with a lady.  However, when Mary becomes engaged to marry Reginald Morton, who is squire after John Morton’s death, Mr. Masters is restored to his position as lawyer to the squire.  Mary’s marriage to a landed gentleman also ends the dispute between Mr. and Mrs. Masters over the efficacy of “Ushanting.”  Mr. Masters’ restoration to his proper employment and position in both the family and Dillsborough society is especially apt when one considers the Latin etymon of his name, which is magister, “chief, leader, master.”  By the end of the novel, Mr. Masters becomes master of his family and profession.  [CD 2012]