And you had to tip them, too.
Posted by Jane Elizabeth on September 22, 1997 at 17:22:48:
In response to Moblie servants, written by Caroline on September 22, 1997 at 16:30:43
"What Jane Austen Ate..." describes the extensive tipping that was expected when visiting. It could get quite costly, what with personal servants, stablehands, footmen, etc. You needed these servants' services even if you had your own personal attendant. I recall Austen discussing tha fees she paid to hairdressers and maids when she had her hair done while staying away from home.
Although I don't feel too sorry for the gentry. No matter how penny-pinched, THEY never had to empty chamberpots!
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