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Life In Olden England

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in his ycMth Augustus J. C. Hare ived with hls adopted parents at a reoory in Shropshire, and of the life there ie gives some picturesque details in the tory of his life: When there was "a vvash" at Stoke, which was about every three weeks, it vas a rule with granny that, summer or winter, it must always begin at 1 a. m. At that hour oíd Hannah Berry used ;o arrive from the village, the coppers vere heated and the maids at work. he ladies' maids, who were expected to o all the fine muslins, etc. , themselves, ïad also ahvays to be at the washtubs at 8 a. m. - by caudlelight If any one was late, the housekeeper reported to Ars. Leycester, who was soon down upon them pretty sharply. Generally, ïowever, her real practical kindness and ;enerbsity prevented any one minding Vlrs. Leycester's severity. Itwas looked ipon as only "her way, " for people vere not so tender in those days as they are now, and certainly no servants would lave thonght of giving upa place which was essontially a good one because they were a little roughly handled by their mistress. In those days servants were as liable to personal chastisement as the children of the house and would as little thought of resenting it. "You don't supposel'm goiug to hurt myhand boxing yourears," said granny when about to chastise the school children she was teaching, and she would take up a book from the table and use it soundly, and then say. "Now we mustn't let the othecr enr be jealous, " and turn the child round and lay on again on the other side. Granny constantly boxed her housemaids' ears, and, alas, when he jrew very old, she used to box dear grandpapa's, though she loved him dearly, the great souree of offense being that he would sometimes slylygive the servant's elbow a tip M'hen his daily tablespoonful oL brandy was being poured out.


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