In London I was used to servants, and in moments of irritation would ring for them furiously, though doubtless my manner changed as they opened the door.
But now when we could have servants for ourselves I shrank from the thought.
The wondering servant waited on the doorstep, looking after it.
The startled servants were congregated in the library doorway.
What the servants chiefly resented, I think, was her silent tongue and her solitary ways.
Not looking me in the face being another of the proceedings, which, as head of the servants, I never allow, on principle, to pass without inquiry--I turned her round my way, and saw that she was crying.
It's more lonely to me to be among the other servants, knowing I am not what they are, than it is to he here.
This she placed before the small servant, ordering her to sit down before it, and then, taking up a great carving-knife, made a mighty show of sharpening it upon the carving-fork.
The small servant looked hard enough at it with her hungry eyes to see every shred of it, small as it was, and answered, 'yes.
With those words, Miss Sally put the meat away and locked the safe, and then drawing near to the small servant, overlooked her while she finished the potatoes.
But Mr Swiveller was not a little surprised to see his fellow-clerk, after walking slowly backwards towards the door, as if she were trying to withdraw herself from the room but could not accomplish it, dart suddenly forward, and falling on the small servant give her some hard blows with her clenched hand.
Dudley MP Ian Austin has submitted a bill to parliament calling for government departments to transfer civil servant
roles to the Black Country, Birmingham and Coventry.