Merely Mary Ann

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This is a Victorian novella. A snob musician who is part of the British nobility toils away his days in poverty trying to create great art. He avoids money and wealth and hates America as the land of excess. Somehow, he becomes friends with his chamber maid Mary Ann and slowly loses some of his elitist attitudes. There's a scene in Gosford Park where the rich guests sit around bored as a character plays the piano. Meanwhile, the servants are outside listening to the music with rapt attention. There is a similar scene in this book in which Lancelot understands that all the "common" music that he's disdained has a value if only for Mary Ann.
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