|GR: Two maids and a man
Written by Myretta
(10/28/2003 9:16 a.m.)
In light of Chapter Four, this passage from Sense and Sensibility speaks volumes about the reduced state of Mrs. Dashwood and her daughters. Although Norland might not have had the eighty-one servants listed for Wentworth Woodhouse (what a fine name for an establishment), it must certainly have had a hefty complement.
Elizabeth Shackleton thought seven an ideal number of live-in servants for a modest establishment. Now, here are the Dashwoods with two maids and a man.
It makes me wonder what tasks the ladies had to take on that were previously performed for them.
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