I can see analogies from the book applying to our lives, mainly in the form of family responsibility. In the book, Henry was a bad lord, abandoning his pregnant wife and subsequent daughter, firing servants and condemning them to unemployment without the culturally necessary letters of recommendation or not providing a pension for those too old to work. On the other hand, protagonist Cal cleaned up his brother Henry's irresponsibility, arranging for the proper care for the abandoned daughter and servants. I felt I could relate to cleaning up after my in laws when they abandoned their daughter. I also thought of the concept of noblesse oblige, at least as I superficially understand it, where the rich and powerful act responsibly towards their family, servants, and society. The idea that a lord would pay a pension to his retired servant was new to me.
Funny how, depending on our background, one can get more details than others regarding some parts of the books. You picked up on those things immediately as being relevant, and could relate to the more personal aspects of them. I know I do that too. We have a "zooming lens" for what is familiar to us/part of our profession.
But I think it's a good exercise to try and pick up on things that would normally go over our heads too. It can be details about how the two protagonists relate, or the setting, or their friends, etc. Something that does what Laura has explained several times in this thread, especially when it comes to emotions. I think it's a good idea to re-read her posts here once in a while, to make sure that we stay on track and within the stated goal.