The Young Woman's Companion

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Books LLC, 2009 - 550 pages
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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1815. Excerpt: ... DIRECTIONS TO FEMALE SERVANTS. Tlhe qualifications which are necessary to form the character of a good servant are many and various, for there is hardly a station in life which seems to require the combination of more opposite virtues. If we make our observations, we shall often find that in proportion as good temper is predominant in the mind of servants, negligence and carelessness are its attendants; and where a punctilious attention is paid to the duties of the station in which Providence may have placed them, it is so often accompanied by ill humour that the observation of the fact is quite proverbial. Nevertheless, it must be confessed, that one of the greatest and most advantageous qualifications in all servants (but particularly females) is that of good temper. Possessed with a strong desire of pleasing, you will seldom fail of doing it. A corresponding good temper will be charmed with you readiness, and a bad one disarmed of great part of its harshness; and though you may be somewhat deficient at first in executing the business in which you are employed, yet, when they see it is not occasioned by obstinacy or indolence, they will rather instruct you in what they find you ignorant, than be angry that you are so. On the contrary, though you may discharge your business with the greatest propriety, yet if you appear careless and indifferent whether you please or not, your services will lose great part of their merit. If you are fearful of offending, you can scarcely offend at all; because that very fearfulness is an indication of your respect for those you serve, and intimates a desire of deserving their approbation. In short, a good temper is the most valuable of female qualifications, and will infallibly conduct its possessors, with ease and tranqu...

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