from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The duties of a parlor-maid; the act of performing those duties.
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Imagine them looking at her, with those glasses and lace collars and hats that had come from Akron’s best department stores, bought with the last of the parlor-maiding wages, and her Lutheran prayer book (in German) and her German accent (didn’t Bradford go off to war to fight the Germans?) and her shy ways.