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|Sharing a lady's maid?
Written by Deborah Markus
(1/29/2013 4:16 p.m.)
Emma, Miss Tilney, and Mrs. Allen have their own lady's maids. The Bennet daughters don't -- but there's mention in P&P of a maid, whom Mrs. Bennet tells to "come to Miss Bennet this moment, and help her on with her gown. Never mind Miss Lizzy's hair."
Would this have been a lady's maid, shared among the several young women since there wasn't enough money for them to have individual maids? Or was it not about the money, but rather the inconvenience of five extra servants? Or was poor "Sarah" simply a housemaid or other female servant, commandeered to help the ladies?
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