At once the strangest and most marvelous of Ivy
Compton-Burnett's fictions, "Manservant and
Maidservant" has for its subject the domestic life of Horace
Lamb, sadist, skinflint, and tyrant. But it is when Horace
undergoes an altogether unforeseeable change of heart that the real
difficulties begin. Is the repentant master a victim along with the
former slave? And how can anyone endure the memory of the wrongs
that have been done?"