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  • The little charity-girls at the Foundling, the sweeperess at the crossing, the poorest under-kitchen-maid in the servants 'hall, was happy compared to that unfortunate and now middle-aged young lady.

    Vanity Fair

  • The little charity-girls at the Foundling, the sweeperess at the crossing, the poorest under-kitchen-maid in the servants’ hall, was happy compared to that unfortunate and now middle-aged young lady.

    Vanity Fair

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  • She had a cheque-book, a prize footman to follow her when she walked, unlimited credit, and bows and compliments from all the tradesmen, and all the appurtenances of an heiress; but she spent a woeful time. The little charity-girls at the Foundling, the sweeperess at the crossing, the poorest under-kitchen-maid in the servants' hall, was happy compared to that unfortunate and now middle-aged young lady.

    - Thackeray, Vanity Fair, ch. 42

    November 27, 2008