Leigh Hunt's description in the 1829 Gentleman's Pocket Magazine is so delightful that it was difficult to choose an excerpt. I chose this section because it offers a poignant glimpse of the maidservant's private life—the precious little she had. You can read the entire piece (and I think it's well worth reading) here.
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There’s a big difference in how we use history. But we’re equally nuts about it. To us, the everyday details of life in the past are things to talk about, ponder, make fun of -- much in the way normal people talk about their favorite reality show.
We talk about who’s wearing what and who’s sleeping with whom. We try to sort out rumor or myth from fact. We thought there must be at least three other people out there who think history’s fascinating and fun, too. This blog is for them.