named a figure just a hundred francs lower than the courier had named.
"Lately purchased by us," said the shopwoman
, seeing me look at the toy, "from a lady who has no further use for it."
These hours of drowsihead were the season of the old gentlewoman's attendance on her brother, while Phoebe took charge of the shop; an arrangement which the public speedily understood, and evinced their decided preference of the younger shopwoman
by the multiplicity of their calls during her administration of affairs.
I made up my mind to get out the back way, if there was a back way, and I asked the shopwoman
if I could step out there and look for the escaped slave, who was believed to be in hiding back there somewhere, and said I was an officer in disguise, and my pard was yonder at the door with one of the murderers in charge, and would she be good enough to step there and tell him he needn't wait, but had better go at once to the further end of the back alley and be ready to head him off when I rousted him out.
A woman qualified for only three types of positions within a studio: she could be a "'maid-of-all-work,'" someone assigned clean-up tasks that required no visibility; a '"shopwoman
,"' who made simple exposures, polished plates, retouched images, or cleaned darkrooms; and, a '"governess,"' who added "'classiness'" to the establishment without exceeding her subordinate position (qtd.