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The relationship between Squire Cass and his sons can be characterized as the relationship an administrator has with two bad, lazy, ineffective, and difficult employees who also happen to be related by blood to him. Hence, it is twice more difficult to fire an employee who is related to you by family, because the drama increases and more bridges are burned in the end.
Squire Cass was very clear with his sons, especially Godfrey, that he did not trust neither of them enough to administer the Red House. The sons also knew that they would never be up to par with their father because none of them had the work ethics, the strength of morale, nor the attitude to take over a job as well as their Dad does.
Hence, it is the relationship of master and servant, soldier and commander, boss and employee what is characteristic of the father/son connection in the Cass clan.
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