I once, indeed, overheard part of a dialogue between Leah and one of the charwomen
, of which Grace formed the subject.
I knew what was before me, and my wish, if not my word, was 'Would God it were evening!' It was no day of rest, but a day of texts, of catechisms (Watts'), of tracts about converted swearers, godly charwomen
, and edifying deaths of sinners saved.
Bell paints a grim picture of nurses at Edinburgh Royal Infirmary in the 1850s: "Poor old useless drudges, half charwomen
, half field workers, rarely keeping their places for any length of time, absolutely ignorant, almost invariably drunken, sometimes deaf."
"I boss cooks, housemaids, charwomen
, chamber-maids, mess
In shocking scenes illustrating the nurses' corporeal absorption of war Keneally shows how "Young, healthy, well-educated women became the charwomen
of the battlefield, the cleaners of the worst human waste we produce, the symbolic bearers of all its pollution and disease" (Marcus 1989: 126).
With Nazan Kesal and Asiye Dincsoy in its leading roles and a glittering cast that also includes Mehmet EuzgE-r, Serra Yylmaz and Didem ynselel, "Toz Bezi" follows the lives of two women in ystanbul as they struggle to make ends meet working as charwomen
, commuting back and forth between the poorest and richest neighborhoods of the city every day.
I myself have known duchesses who were highbrows, also charwomen
, and they have both told me ...
Women who sought work as charwomen
, seamstresses or as sweated domestic labour could not find these jobs in the suburbs.
Vernon-Smith, of Trinity, and the Social Settlement, Tooting, author of A Higher London' and 'The Boyg System at Work', came to the conclusion, after looking through his select and even severe library, that Dickens's 'Christmas Carol' was a very suitable thing to be read to charwomen
. Had they been men they would have been forcibly subjected to Browning's 'Christmas Eve' with exposition, but chivalry spared the charwomen
, and Dickens was funny, and could do no harm.
Moffatt is one of Woolf's "recurring" and powerfully disruptive charwomen
, who serve to symbolically expose the corruption and dependency at the heart of the British class structure (81).
Mary Bayliss, aged 46, and 39-year-old Susannah Booton, had homes and worked as charwomen
Mencken said were able to get their mothers jobs as charwomen
at City Hall.