Another wonderful blog by Angelyn!
Continuing the Regency maid-servant’s “sketch of character,” we find she must suffer irritations all day, and without complaint.
In 2001’s Gosford Park, Lady Sylvia McCordle is the mistress of a great country house. The head house maid is Elsie. One evening, while entertaining a host of guests, her ladyship finds the temerity to interrupt dinnertime in the servants’ hall to inquire about a vegetarian meal for a tiresome American guest.
Cook pointedly turns her back on her. The housekeeper then assists, receiving a wealth of thanks and relief.
For the maid, there is no such luxury of ignoring a request nor expecting thanks for fulfilling it. She must obey the summons, whenever they come, even to the point of interrupting her meal. How she handles these annoyances without complaint, suppressing the very human reaction of irritation…
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