Posted by Caroline on September 22, 1997 at 16:30:43:
In response to Multiple abodes, written by ElaineL on September 22, 1997 at 10:19:56
] With more than one house, Pemberley and a London townhouse for example, what did the gentry do about servants? I'm assuming each place had its own housekeeper, since Mrs. Reynolds was at Pemberley eventhough Georgiana was in London.
That was the general idea, yes.
But what about personal attendants? Did they travel back and forth to serve their master/mistress?
Usually, personal servants,like maids and valets, coachmen etc. did move.Have you come across "Joseph Andrews" by Henry Fielding?It's about the way that employer's activities mess up their servants' lives, amongst other things.
Would the gentry have kept certain servants working at the townhouse to keep basic cleanliness while they resided at the other abode?
Very probably a skeleton staff would be kept,if only for security reasons.
Any thoughts? Seems a very expensive lifestyle!
I think it was!
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