My lady's maid and the housemaid, had, it appeared, neither of them believed in Rosanna's illness of the previous day.
Having had some experience of the great Cuff's round-about ways, and having last seen him evidently bent on following Rosanna privately when she went out for her walk, it seemed clear to me that he had thought it unadvisable to let the lady's maid and the housemaid know how materially they had helped him.
I told him exactly what had happened, mentioning particularly what my lady's maid and the house-maid had said about Rosanna Spearman.
(the lady's maid tells me) between my lord and the Baron.
I didn't believe it when my lady's maid first told me so-- but I have seen enough since to satisfy me that she was right.
At last, between little gushes of laughter which shook her plump shoulders in a way that aroused wistful memories of Hebe, she archly asked me, with mock solemnity, if I should need a lady's maid
I forget what it is she calls them; I think it's Johnson (which to me always suggests a lady's maid
Miss 'Melia's gownds--have you got them--as the lady's maid
was to have 'ad?
But according to the old superstition, it should be Rosa's ears that burn, and not her fresh bright cheeks, for my Lady's maid is holding forth about her at this moment with surpassing energy.
My Lady's maid is a Frenchwoman of two and thirty, from somewhere in the southern country about Avignon and Marseilles, a large-eyed brown woman with black hair who would be handsome but for a certain feline mouth and general uncomfortable tightness of face, rendering the jaws too eager and the skull too prominent.
But whether she would do for a lady's maid
, I am sure I can't tell.
The book's heroine is 17-year-old Jo Kuan, "an eastern face in western clothes" who works as a lady's maid
for the mean-spirited daughter of a wealthy Atlanta family.