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“Who looks after you here and does the housemaiding?”
I took her to mean that my housemaiding had to a certain extent lightened her labours, and I was filled with pride; I have seldom received praise that gave me more pleasure.
I clambered up on the furniture and cleaned the windows of my cell to show I could do some extra housemaiding without harm.
One of the reasons I took on as many housemaiding jobs as I could was that it enabled me to be let out of the ward for the emptying of slops, and this afforded a good opportunity for seeing and occasionally communicating with ordinary prisoners.
If it hadn't been that I had a deal of housemaiding to execute during the week I was here before Mr. C.. returned, I must have given occasion for newspaper paragraphs under the head of 'Melancholy Suicide.'
And I don't approve of housemaiding for my daughter. '
This Miss Granger called giving them a solid foundation; but as the edifice destined to be erected upon this educational basis was generally of the humblest -- a career of carpentering, or blacksmithing, or housemaiding, or plain-cooking, for the most part -- it is doubtful whether that accurate knowledge of the objective case or the longitude of the Sandwich Islands which Miss Granger so resolutely insisted upon, was ever of any great service to the grown-up scholar.