> Since the Hudson character is self-employed and evidently the sole
> proprietor of his business, I'm not sure if it makes sense to say
> he's 'salaried.'
I don't think anyone has mentioned the line in which Jane Wyman
corrects Agnes Moorehead, "He's not my _gardener_, Sarah, he comes to
trim the trees" (I hope that's accurate, I'm quoting from an online
source), a distinction that seems to mean much more to Cary than it
ever has to me (but which always comes to mind whenever Ron is
described as a gardener). I guess she's saying she's not sleeping
with the hired help -- he's an independent contractor, who works in
the other residents' yards too (he notes that one lady whose trees he
trims doesn't recognize him -- which does seem to be a class issue).
For whatever it's worth, I wonder if he bills the individual
homeowners, or is he paid by the county?