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  • But he was forestalled by Sophy, the parlour-maid, who said one evening that she wished to leave him.

    Life's Little Ironies

  • Only three servants were kept, a cook, a parlour-maid, and a housemaid, and they were just the sort that you would find in a respectable middle-class household.

    The Thirty-Nine Steps

  • Lily perceived early in the day that the parlour-maid well knew that she had been jilted.

    The Small House at Allington

  • The young couple were so absorbed in their conversation that they had not observed the approach of a tall clerical figure whom the parlour-maid was escorting towards them.

    Red Pottage

  • But if — And then Mr. Arabin poked his fire most unnecessarily, spoke crossly to his new parlour-maid who came in for the tea-things, and threw himself back in his chair determined to go to sleep.

    Barchester Towers

  • Jane, the parlour-maid, had been ailing for the last two days, but nothing serious had hitherto been suspected.

    The Small House at Allington

  • But the housekeeper had served Sir Geoffrey for many years, and the dried-up, elderly, superlatively correct female you could hardly call her a parlour-maid, or even a woman ... who waited at table, had been in the house for forty years.

    Lady Chatterley's Lover

  • Mr Dosett had been requested to deny him admittance to the house in Kingsbury Crescent, and as this request had been fully endorsed by Ayala herself orders had been given to the effect to the parlour-maid.

    Ayala's Angel

  • The parlour-maid - Miss Keeldar kept no footman - came out, bearing a napkin-covered tray.

    Shirley, by Charlotte Bronte

  • “Give Sir William some more wine,” Celia whispered to the nervous parlour-maid.

    The Years

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