hardly any servants

Category: People | Type: Historical | Title: Sense and Sensibility (in Context) | Author: Jane Austen | Ch: Chapter 2

The reduction Mrs. Dashwood is recommending means a charwoman or scullery maid who will take care of the slops or nightsoil, light fires, launder, and clean (a salary of some £4-5 per year, with room and board), and a maid who will help the women dress and undress and will make purchases of food and the cooking, £6-8 per year. It is a precipitous descent from being the preeminent female at Norland Park, which may have had at the very least a dozen indoor and outdoor servants.

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