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  • n. Plural form of parlormaid.


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  • Seeing Jared's frown, it occurred to me for the first time that it might not be considered quite the thing for the lady of the house to be gossiping with parlormaids.

    Dragonfly in Amber

  • While I explored the mechanics of the household and stored up what information I could glean at home from the gossip of the parlormaids, Jamie was out with Jared every day, calling upon customers, meeting people, preparing himself to "assist His Highness" by making those social connections that might prove of value to an exiled prince.

    Dragonfly in Amber

  • That is the only prosperity you see on the stage, where the workers are all footmen, parlormaids, comic lodging-letters, and fashionable professional men, whilst the heroes and heroines are miraculously provided with unlimited dividends and eat gratuitously, like the knights in Don Quixote’s books of chivalry.

    Epistle Dedicatory

  • I mean, "he went on, reverting to the original theme," that 'E didn't make 'em to be cooks and' ousemaids and parlormaids, and all that.

    The Dust Flower

  • Towering at the east end of 42 acres that spanned the island, El Mirasol (sunflower in Spanish) required about 40 butlers, chambermaids, parlormaids, cooks, gardeners and housemen to keep it running.



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