Toilers of the Home: The Record of a College Woman's Experience as a Domestic Servant

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Doubleday, Page, 1903 - Domestics - 397 pages
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Page viii - She entered it that she might turn the glass " for a look upon the ups and downs of this particular dog-life from the dog's end of the chain.
Page 321 - I regret what I did. [...] I am ashamed, but what would you have done if you had been in my place ? Either you took part in the massacre or else you were massacred yourself.
Page 84 - By every possible way in which Mrs. Kinderlieber could insult me by word or deed, she had done so. Her passions had been more exhausting than a whole Barry ironing, and the time I spent in her house was as one long horrid nightmare. Go back again ? Stay longer ? It was not in human endurance. Tired? To the very death. Even the street was hateful.
Page 240 - A domestic tradeswoman I am, a chambermaid, a waitress, an employee with an employer, but a servant with a mistress — never. I am an American. CHAPTER VII FOR SEVEN IN A SUBURB MRS. HOLLIS advertised for a waitress, "a competent Protestant waitress; no wash.
Page 90 - It was strange to be in working-dress and yet a recipient of the common decencies even, and — I confess it reluctantly — with very little encouragement I should have wept.
Page 67 - ... managed in our schools, cannot be seriously discussed. As to the words and sentences which occur so frequently in our books and papers, it would be easy for any one to learn the meaning of all such as have been domesticated, in a few hours. As to French being the language of polite society everywhere ; in the first place, it isn't true ; and, in the second place, if it were true, the fact would hardly be pertinent in this discussion. I think this will be fully appreciated, when I state that,...
Page 271 - Tuesday more for the sake of the sisterhood than from any physical need for refreshment.
Page 105 - I began to feel the dignity of my position as an independent worker, and to outgrow the shame of being only a housework girl, felt in spite of...
Page 30 - I suppose, but in four weeks the germ had not sprouted. 1 had no visiting friends, and no chance for any sort of society such as I would have chosen.
Page 30 - In this dreariness there were, of course, bright spots: my "every Thursday and every other Sunday." What a jolly click was that of the gate behind me about three o'clock ! What a sense of freedom came with the turning of 'the corner ! I took the next car for town in an ecstacy of spiritual exaltation.

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