The Lady’s Maid

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Up before the family stirs, rooms to clean, beds to turn, slops to empty, floors to wipe, rugs to lift and outside shake, grates and irons to clean, fires to lay in hearths and stoves, doors to answer, gloves to take… and you suppose I’ve time to lollygag with you? No, best you take your flowers and court a shop-girl.

60 words written for Sammi’s Weekend Writing Prompt

I love that second doll’s face. She looks so pissed off!

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23 Responses to The Lady’s Maid

  1. Violet Lentz says:

    Sounds like the life of a single mother! Excellent use of the prompt!

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  2. Well done. I have seen that prompt and haven’t really thought of anything. I did use lollygag, or lollygagging to be precise, in the penultimate chapter of The Sky-Pirates of Durn. I was rather pleased to be able to use it at the time.

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    • I confess, it’s not a word in my vocabulary. Therefore I looked it up… and discovered it’s Victorian origins.
      Then I looked more carefully at it. To loll… yea, I know that word. Don’t loll on that chair, my mother used to say. And gag… we might think of as the gag reflex, yet it is an Old Norse word meaning to throw back one’s head and laugh. Put the too together… does that tug at the inspiration roots?

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  3. Dale says:

    What a perfect image you have chosen for your delightful take on the prompt. The one that looks pissed off is the maid taking care of that precious and rich girl who can lollygag all she wants!

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  4. A fun word, and your maid’s indignation and attitude shine through. 🙂

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  5. Ramyani Bhattacharya says:

    Hey Happy New Year! I am late, I know but never mind! This looks like a very difficult life. Nicely written 😊

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  6. I get this image of a Victorian housekeeper when I read this!

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