|No way out ?
Written by Mandy N
(10/23/2003 11:19 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, I should think, penned by JulieW
] the servants ,in particular the personal ones- maids who dressed her hair etc- would have noticed.Those with access to the private rooms- bedrooms- would have seen bloddstained linen?- as would have the laundry staff.
I agree there was nothing personal servants could do except sympathize. They were under the domain of the master too and if they tried to speak up for their mistress,approach the local JP,or even go for a local doctor without permission;They surely risked dismissal.Perhaps a maid could help her mistress appear 'presentable' for church with cosmetics.Possibly other family elders warned servents to remain quiet.A lady might 'explain' her new bruises or a broken arm by saying she took a tumble down the stairs or another slip in the hall.While I'm sure few neighbors would believe such stories or assurances, complacency to domestic situations appears widespread.And endorsed by the family itself eager to preserve their name and reputation.Disgusting! Apologies for this rant; much is speculation.
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