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Synonyms for handmaid

in a subordinate position

a personal maid or female attendant

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Then, going upstairs with her handmaids into her room, she mourned her dear husband till Minerva shed sweet sleep over her eyes.
Climbing up another perpendicular flight, composed with great mechanical ingenuity of nothing but corner stairs, Mr Ralph Nickleby stopped to take breath on the landing, when he was overtaken by the handmaid, whom the politeness of Miss La Creevy had dispatched to announce him, and who had apparently been making a variety of unsuccessful attempts, since their last interview, to wipe her dirty face clean, upon an apron much dirtier.
A revolution not at all consoling," said Michel, "to pass to the state of humble servants to a moon whom we are accustomed to look upon as our own handmaid.
Another sought a handmaid with the virtues of an angel.
The handmaid coming out to open the gate for him, he quietly pulls off his hat as a parting salute, and goes away with no greater show of agitation than is visible in the effigy of Mr.
They and the handmaid before mentioned, being in such ecstasies of fear that I scarcely knew what to do with them, I naturally bethought myself of some restorative or comfortable cordial; and nothing better occurring to me, at the moment, than hot brandy-and-water, I procured a tumbler full without delay.
The handmaid attended promptly, and it is but justice to their joint exertions to record that, when the good lady came downstairs in course of time, completely decked out for the journey, she really looked as if nothing had happened, and appeared in the very best health imaginable.
Having given this instruction, the handmaid, who had been brought up among the aboriginal inhabitants of Southwark, disappeared, with the candle in her hand, down the kitchen stairs, perfectly satisfied that she had done everything that could possibly be required of her under the circumstances.
To solve this question, Mr Swiveller summoned the handmaid and ascertained that Miss Sophy Wackles had indeed left the letter with her own hands; and that she had come accompanied, for decorum's sake no doubt, by a younger Miss Wackles; and that on learning that Mr Swiveller was at home and being requested to walk upstairs, she was extremely shocked and professed that she would rather die.
There will also be around 200 young people travelling with local schools and colleges, more than 160 helpers, including doctors, nurses, handmaids (female helpers) and brancardiers (male helpers), around 15 clergy and up to 300 pilgrims.
The nun, a member of the Congregation of Handmaids of Mary, described the court verdict as "a victory for the church and the suffering people.
He pointed out that the CBI and CVC are not independent authorities and that was why they were often referred to as " handmaids of the government".
Mbonu, an African woman of Igbo ethnicity and a member of the religious community called The Handmaids of the Holy Child Jesus located in Nigeria, West Africa, writes with experiential authority in several disciplines: New Testament, African Christianity, and Christianity.
Now, aside from Gad's excuse for the killing and eating of the weak lamb, the disclosure that that act, and those of the sons of Zilpah and Bilhah, had met with the disapproval of Judah and Reuben reflects a situation of tension between the sons of Leah and those of the handmaids over the disposal of family property.
government, and in the new Republic of Gilead, in reversal of women's rights, women are assigned to various classes--the childless wives, the housekeepers, and, in a world of declining birthrates, the highly valuable reproductive handmaids.