Posted by Helen on February 06, 1998 at 11:06:21:
In response to What would you do?, written by Helen on February 04, 1998 at 07:10:08
We have a full range of workers at Pemberley, from servants to governesses... to Erin who would rather "not-be", a philosophical option not really open to the lower orders, who should know their place and leave the thinking to the gentry ;-)
It's a subject which has always interested me because it was not very long ago (c.1900-1940) that my mother's family split between the side who stayed at home and wove in cottages, and those who went to the big city and tied knots on the ends of looms all day (my mother's first job, age 14). It seems that either way they got long hours of hard work for very little money: the country side got nice scenery, when they could enjoy it, and the town side got the chance of upward social mobility...
Personally I think it would depend on who exactly you were working for: if I had the choice, I think I would have coped with working on a farm, but that's so much dependent on the people for whom you would be working, while the early factories were in many ways not so bad as the Victorian monstrosities...
- location, location, location! P. Bingham 14:43:04 2/07/98 (3)
- But I couldn't answer the question authentically Erin 01:07:44 2/07/98 (1)
- I might have guessed... Helen 09:09:40 2/08/98 (0)
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