But before I can resume my natural form, and take possession of the belongings of my forefathers, you must go out into the world and take service as a maidservant
The moment they stopped, a trollopy-looking maidservant
, seemingly in waiting for them at the door, stepped forward, and more intent on telling the news than giving them any help, immediately began with, "The Thrush is gone out of harbour, please sir, and one of the officers has been here to-- " She was interrupted by a fine tall boy of eleven years old, who, rushing out of the house, pushed the maid aside, and while William was opening the chaise-door himself, called out, "You are just in time.
I may add that by the time the door opened again through which the maidservant
had escaped, my eyes had grown used to the want of light.
Ernestine's trim little maidservant
was announcing a visitor who followed close behind.
The Irish maidservant
has not altered in the least in her kind and respectful behaviour; but Mrs.
opens the door, they hand her the letter, and assure the maid that they're both so in love that they'll die on the spot at the door.
Brooke's patience to the utmost, displeased his grandfather by practicing half the afternoon, frightened the maidservants
half out of their wits by mischievously hinting that one of his dogs was going mad, and, after high words with the stableman about some fancied neglect of his horse, he had flung himself into his hammock to fume over the stupidity of the world in general, till the peace of the lovely day quieted him in spite of himself.
Arete also sent some maidservants
with him--one with a clean shirt and cloak, another to carry his strong box, and a third with corn and wine.
M'Leod, while tall menservants and maidservants
took away the tennis and tea things.
Yet, with it all, there seemed to him to be an air of gloom about the place, something almost mysterious in the silence of the thick carpets, the subdued voices, and the absence of maidservants
The Japanese maidservants
are pretty and merry, but you never know the moment they'll leave you.
After many tears an unwritten contract was drawn up between us: first, that I would never leave Marfa Petrovna and would always be her husband; secondly, that I would never absent myself without her permission; thirdly, that I would never set up a permanent mistress; fourthly, in return for this, Marfa Petrovna gave me a free hand with the maidservants
, but only with her secret knowledge; fifthly, God forbid my falling in love with a woman of our class; sixthly, in case I--which God forbid--should be visited by a great serious passion I was bound to reveal it to Marfa Petrovna.