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Introduction Edit

Lawrence Summerset is Roarke's butler and first appears in Naked in Death on February 15, 2058.[1]

Descriptions Edit

  • Caucasian with pale skin; he wears dark suits and old-fashioned ties.
  • In Glory in Death, he wore glossy black shoes, smoke-colored, pip-stemmed pants, and a short, stiff, jacket.[2]
  • Long face;[3] thin lips[4]
  • Tall bony body; thin fingers and elegant hands.[5] A tall, skinny guy;[6] a skinny, black-clad presence with a bony face and a stiff, skinny back.[7]
  • "Summerset's eyes, which had gone black as onyx ... narrowed."[8]
  • Bony fingers ... knife edged pleats in trousers [9]
  • Summerset stood, bony in black, skull face impassive.[10]

Personality Edit

  • He initially disapproves of Eve – he despised Eve and didn't trouble [himself] to hide it.[11]
    • After Morris showed up on their doorstep and Eve spoke with him, Summerset said he was proud of her.[12]
  • Summerset is very fond of Mavis and tends to cater to whatever she wants on her visits by treating her very affectionately. He gives Mavis away at her wedding in Born in Death, and loans her his own wife's ring, a further indication of his affectionate feelings for Mavis.
    • Summerset seemed struck dumb on his first meeting with Mavis.[13]
  • According to Roarke, Summerset has a soft spot for troubled children.[14]
  • Roarke's man of just about everything.[15]

History Edit

  • His given name was Basil Kolchek. After the death of his daughter Marlena Kolchek, he began using the alias Lawrence Summerset. Roarke recalls "Sommerset [sic] had come into existence only weeks after Marlena's death."[16]
  • During the series' fictional "Urban Wars", a time of urban unrest, Summerset served as a medical aide, also working with the title doctor from Origin in Death, Wilfred B. Icove Sr.. When Roarke was ten (actually nine), he met Summerset and Marlena, age eight. They ran cons together and shortly after, he found Roarke in an alley after a particularly brutal beating from his father. He saved him and nursed him back to health.[17]
  • When Roarke was fifteen (adjusted age), he was running a small gambling ring; a violent rival syndicate wanted him gone. They figured that the best way to deliver the message was through Marlena, Summerset's fourteen-year old daughter. The six men raped, murdered, and mutilated Marlena, then dumped her body on their doorstep. Afterward, Roarke hunted those six men from 2042 to 2044, tortured and murdered them.[18]
    • Summerset told Eve, "The loss of a child goes deeper than any. It doesn't pass the way other losses may. However the loss came, a parent looks inward. What could I have done, what didn't I do? When the loss comes from violence, there are more questions. Every answer you give him is both pain and comfort, but there can't be any comfort without the pain."[19]
  • When Roarke came to the U.S., he brought Summerset with him, asking Summerset to become his butler. He thinks of Summerset as a father.
  • When Eve asked Summerset if he killed Patrick Roarke, Summerset said there was no statute of limitations on murder. When she pressed the point, Summerset then said he had children to protect. She finally said that Roarke didn't know, did he ... that Summerset never told him. He only answered Eve that there was nothing to tell. That it was old business. And she should be off, taking care of new.[20] (Find Nora's comments on this here.)

Nicknames/Insulting CommentsEdit

  • Eve speculates that Summerset graduated cum laude from Tight-Ass University.[21]
  • Summerset's nicknames:
    • Bony Ass – Given by Eve[22]
    • Count Boredom – Given by Jamie[23]
    • Creepshow – Given by Eve[24]
    • Dark Shadow – Given by Eve[25]
    • Flat Ass – Given by Eve[26]
    • His Boniness – Given by Eve[27]
    • Mr. Scary[28]
    • Mr. Grace and Agility – Given by Eve[29]
    • Mr. Macabre" - Give by Eve [30]
    • Nancy – Given by Eve[31]
    • Scarecrow – Given by Eve[32]
    • The (Mr.) Walking Dead – Given by Jamie,[33] used by Eve [34]
    • His Scariness – given by Eve[35]
    • Ugly Guy - Given by Eve[36]

(See also Eve and Summerset Insults)

Interesting Facts Edit

  • We do not learn his full name until later in the series.
  • Has a faint accent that sounds both British and Slavic.[37]
  • Mildly Unitarian.[38]
  • He's right handed.[39]
  • He listens to Chopin.[40]
  • Summerset told Nixie Swisher that he believes that, after death, the spirit or soul has choices. That some may decide to go on to a place of peace or some may choose to come back and live again. According to him, we may decide to do this because we want to do better than we did before, or right some wrong we might have done. Or simply because we're not quite ready to go to that place of peace. When he was asked if he had ever recognized somebody who had died before he said he thinks he has. But there's one he keeps hoping he might recognize one day [Marlena], though he hasn't found her, yet. Perhaps she went to that place of peace, instead.[41]
  • Summerset keeps a photo of Marlena and Roarke in a bedroom drawer.[42]
  • According to Eve, the man could bake[43] and, though he might be a pain in her ass, the man could cook.[44]
    • Eve tells Summerset to tell the cook there will be two for dinner (after she invites Mavis over).[45]

YANNI Edit

  • Vacation Timeline
    • In Portrait in Death (Summer, 2059), Summerset left for his vacation.[46] In Imitation in Death, he came back from his vacation.[47]
    • In Remember When, it's explained that Summerset's vacation hadn't put all the roses back in his cheeks, Roarke sent him away again.[48] Eve thinks, Summerset, her personal bane and Roarke's majordomo, was spending ten days at a recuperation spa off-planet[49] ... then ... Eve later says, "If a certain someone – who shall remain nameless for the next wonderful three weeks – was here to pick up after us ..."[50]


References Edit

  1. Naked in Death (ISBN 0-425-14829-7), pp. 18, 68
  2. Glory in Death (ISBN 0-425-15098-4), pp. 164, 165
  3. Glory in Death (ISBN 0-425-15098-4), p. 16
  4. Vengeance in Death (ISBN 0-425-16039-4), p. 310
  5. Glory in Death (ISBN 0-425-15098-4), p. 16
  6. Salvation in Death (ISBN 978-0-399-15522-2), p. 277
  7. Promises in Death (ISBN 978-0-399-15548-2), pp. 66, 220
  8. Betrayal in Death (ISBN 0-425-17857-9), p. 87
  9. Vengeance in Death (ISBN 0-425-16039-4), p. 78
  10. Kindred in Death (ISBN 978-0-399-15595-6), p. 124
  11. Glory in Death (ISBN 0-425-15098-4), p. 16
  12. Promises in Death (ISBN 978-0-399-15548-2), p. 220
  13. Glory in Death (ISBN 0-425-15098-4), pp. 155, 156
  14. Survivor in Death (ISBN 0-425-20418-9), p. 78
  15. Kindred in Death (ISBN 978-0-399-15595-6), p. 11
  16. Judgment in Death (ISBN 0-425-17630-4), p. 256
  17. Immortal in Death (ISBN 0-425-15378-9), pp. 89, 90
  18. Immortal in Death (ISBN 0-425-15378-9), pp. 90, 91; Vengeance in Death (ISBN 0-425-16039-4), p. 121
  19. Kindred in Death (ISBN 978-0-399-15595-6), p. 143
  20. Portrait in Death (ISBN 0-425-18903-1), p. 236
  21. Born in Death (ISBN 978-0-425-21568-5), p. 240
  22. Strangers in Death (ISBN 978-0-399-15470-6), p. 126
  23. Ceremony in Death (ISBN 0-425-15762-8), p. 118
  24. Visions in Death (ISBN 0-425-20300-X), p. 68
  25. Born in Death (ISBN 978-0-425-21568-5), p. 195
  26. Strangers in Death (ISBN 978-0-399-15470-6), p. 193
  27. Creation in Death (ISBN 978-0-425-22102-0), p. 163; Strangers in Death (ISBN 978-0-399-15470-6), p. 55
  28. Kindred in Death (ISBN 978-0-399-15595-6), p. 86
  29. Portrait in Death (ISBN 0-425-18903-1), p. 51
  30. Missing in Death (ISBN 978-0-515-14718-6), p. 46
  31. Memory in Death (ISBN 0-425-21073-1), p. 36
  32. Innocent in Death (ISBN 978-0-399-15401-0), p. 264; Creation in Death (ISBN 978-0-425-22102-0), p. 251
  33. Purity in Death (ISBN 0-425-18630-X), p. 197
  34. Origin in Death (ISBN 978-0-7499-3634-1), p. 59
  35. Promises in Death (ISBN 978-0-7499-2896-4), p. 139
  36. Divided in Death (ISBN 978-0-7499-3506-1), p. 152
  37. Naked in Death (ISBN 0-425-14829-7), p. 68
  38. Vengeance in Death (ISBN 0-425-16039-4), p. 82
  39. Betrayal in Death (ISBN 0-425-17857-9), p. 286
  40. Portrait in Death (ISBN 0-425-18903-1), p. 138
  41. Survivor in Death (ISBN 0-425-20418-9), p. 248
  42. Survivor in Death (ISBN 0-425-20418-9), p. 304
  43. Memory in Death (ISBN 0-425-21073-1), p. 279
  44. Strangers in Death (ISBN 978-0-399-15470-6), p. 56
  45. Glory in Death (ISBN 0-425-15098-4), p. 155
  46. Portrait in Death (ISBN 0-425-18903-1), p. 346
  47. Imitation in Death (ISBN 0-425-19158-3), pp. 284, 285
  48. Remember When (ISBN 0-425-19547-3), p. 265
  49. Remember When (ISBN 0-425-19547-3), p. 265
  50. Remember When (ISBN 0-425-19547-3), p. 270

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