Prest had floated away, giving me a rendezvous at the end of half an hour by some neighboring water steps; and I had been let into the house, after pulling the rusty bell wire, by a little red-headed, white-faced maidservant
, who was very young and not ugly and wore clicking pattens and a shawl in the fashion of a hood.
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
Shall I covet my neighbour's maidservant
? All that would ill accord with good sleep.
Ernestine's trim little maidservant
was announcing a visitor who followed close behind.
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.
The Irish maidservant
has not altered in the least in her kind and respectful behaviour; but Mrs.
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.
In the meantime, not only was it known in the maidservants
' rooms that the minister and his son had arrived, but the appearance of both had been minutely described.
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.
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 house itself was apparently an old one.
The Japanese maidservants
are pretty and merry, but you never know the moment they'll leave you.