I was able to do but very little service wherever I was to go, except it was to run of errands and be a drudge to some cookmaid
, and this they told me of often, which put me into a great fright; for I had a thorough aversion to going to service, as they called it
On the one hand, the offering of a thoughtful and attentive hostess; on the other, the botched improvisation of a dull-witted cookmaid
The newspaper report goes on to tell how the astrologer was entrapped: "Mr Blair concerted with some of the Agents of the Society for the Suppression of Vice, a stratagem to entrap the Sideral Professor." This involved Blair's footman going to the astrologer to request the fortune of a cookmaid
in whom he claimed a marital interest.