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The maid - Martha's duties

The maid - Martha's daily duties working 'in service'

Martha has begun to learn her daily routine as a maid in the 1870s: it is a punishing regime which requires being up at 6, then constant work until about 10 in the evening, with just half a day off on Sunday to recover.

She has also learnt some of the rules of being 'in service' from Mrs Arnett, the housekeeper.

These rules include: always 'give room' to the members of the household; never speak to any of them unless asked a question; no friends or family to visit.

One day Martha is helping Sally when a mirror belonging to her ladyship - smuggled into some bedclothes - falls to the ground and smashes. Clearly Sally was trying to steal the mirror but she attempts to put the blame on Martha. Mrs Arnett is able to deduce what has happened and Sally is dismissed on the spot.

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