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servant

See Respondeat superior.
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But to enable a prince to form an opinion of his servant there is one test which never fails; when you see the servant thinking more of his own interests than of yours, and seeking inwardly his own profit in everything, such a man will never make a good servant, nor will you ever be able to trust him; because he who has the state of another in his hands ought never to think of himself, but always of his prince, and never pay any attention to matters in which the prince is not concerned.
On the other hand, to keep his servant honest the prince ought to study him, honouring him, enriching him, doing him kindnesses, sharing with him the honours and cares; and at the same time let him see that he cannot stand alone, so that many honours may not make him desire more, many riches make him wish for more, and that many cares may make him dread chances.
But now when we could have servants for ourselves I shrank from the thought.
Then we must have a servant. This seemed only less horrible.
According to legend we once had a servant - in my childhood I could show the mark of it on my forehead, and even point her out to other boys, though she was now merely a wife with a house of her own.
All the circumstances are in my favor, if I am received into the house as a servant; and as a servant I mean to go."
Magdalen seated herself at the opposite side of the table, and moved the candles, so as to obtain a clear and uninterrupted view of her servant's face.
"Could you teach the duties to another servant?" asked Magdalen.
It's a mere formality," he added, with a side look at my mistress; "but the servants will accept it as even dealing between them and their betters; and, instead of hindering the investigation, they will make a point of honour of assisting it."
"You shall speak to the servants," she said, "with the keys of my wardrobe in your hand."
I didn't mean any harm indeed, upon my word I didn't,' cried the small servant, struggling like a much larger one.
'Yes, upon my word I was,' replied the small servant.