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  • Gender role shifts are more pronounced in The Dream, in which a female aristocrat and her serving-woman prove to be far more intrepid, energetic, and resourceful than the macho military protagonist.

    The Liberating and Debilitating Imagination in Joanna Baillie’s Orra and The Dream

  • I would have accepted a boon from one who was giving me over a prey to detraction and to ruin, at the instigation of a canting priest and a meddling serving-woman?

    The Abbot

  • Laocoon — Laocoon the brother of Oeneus, though not by the same mother, for a serving-woman bare him; him, now growing old, Oeneus sent to guard his son: thus Meleagrus, still a youth, entered the bold band of heroes.

    The Argonautica

  • She hadn't gotten more than a few cubits away, when another serving-woman, gray-haired, stopped her.


  • He stood on a chair in the sunshine, reaching up with a garland, whilst the serving-woman stood below, talking loudly.

    Twilight in Italy

  • So the room was empty, save for the landlady and her sewing, the staid, elderly villager to whom she was talking in the unbeautiful dialect, and the young serving-woman who was clearing away the plates and basins of the tramps and beggars.

    Twilight in Italy

  • The landlady called to the young serving-woman, and in a classic German severity of disapprobation they were led up the stone stairs to their room.

    Twilight in Italy

  • Caris cast a nervous glance around the eating house of the Bashful Unicorn as a stout, red-faced serving-woman in a greasy apron brought a platter of stew and breads to the table.

    The Silent Tower

  • Then, staggering under the weighty panniers, she and another serving-woman carried them down to the stableyard, where the pack-animals would be loaded on the morrow.

    Conan The Magnificent

  • Nobody knew what any of this portended, though a Christian serving-woman at the hall said it showed how the old gods were failing and fading.

    Time Patrolman


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