Never shall I forget my first servant. I was eight or nine, in velveteen, diamond socks ('Cross your legs when they look at you,' my mother had said, 'and put your thumb in your pocket and leave the top of your handkerchief showing'), and I had travelled by rail to visit a relative.
My mother might go bravely to my sister and say, 'I have been thinking it over, and I believe I would like a servant fine - once we got used to her.'
But at last a servant was engaged; we might be said to be at the window, gloomily waiting for her now, and it was with such words as these that we sought to comfort each other and ourselves:-
'Mind this, every one of you, servant or no servant, I fold all the linen mysel.'
Can you make me the sort of gown which it is proper for a servant to wear -- and can you alter one of my best silk dresses so as to make it fit yourself -- in a week's time?"
The sense of her own horrible isolation subdued her, at the touch of the servant's lips.
"I am sorry to put you to any inconvenience, sir, for a mere formality; but the example of their betters will do wonders in reconciling the servants to this inquiry." Mr.
"Has the young woman who brought us this book been in your employment as long as the other servants?"
She was so good as to add, that I was her trusted adviser, as well as her old servant, and that in anything which related to the household I was the person whom it might be most profitable to consult.
Vague recollections of several fantastic exercises with which he had refreshed himself after the fatigues of business, and to all of which, no doubt, the small servant was a party, rather disconcerted Mr Swiveller; but he was not very sensitive on such points, and recovered himself speedily.
I durstn't do it,' rejoined the small servant; 'Miss Sally 'ud kill me, if she know'd I come up here.'
The small servant needed no second bidding, and the plate was soon empty.
The Kenya National Bureau of Statistics will appeal a court ruling barring civil servants
from working as census officials.
The ghost of Sh150 billion allocated by the National Treasury as insurance cover for public servants
reeks of a scandal.