My respect for the integrity of my own petticoats and stockings infinitely exceeds my respect for all the Elizabethan bedrooms in the kingdom, so I positively declined exploring the upper regions of dust and dirt at the risk of soiling
my nice clean clothes.
As the chairs are all occupied, and there is nothing else to put my clothes on, I deposit them upon the ground: not without soiling
my hands, for it is in the same condition as the carpets in the Capitol, and from the same cause.
She would let Maggie do none of the work that was heaviest and most soiling
to the hands, and was quite peevish when Maggie attempted to relieve her from her grate-brushing and scouring: "Let it alone, my dear; your hands 'ull get as hard as hard," she would say; "it's your mother's place to do that.