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a genteel female, in shepherd’s-plaid boots, who appeared to be
‘“Mrs Marker,”’ said Tom, reading, ‘“Russell Place, Russell
Square; offers eighteen guineas; tea and sugar found. Two in
family, and see very little company. Five servants kept. No man.
‘Oh Lor!’ tittered the client. ‘That won’t do. Read another,
young man, will you?’
‘“Mrs Wrymug,”’ said Tom, ‘“Pleasant Place, Finsbury. Wages,
twelve guineas. No tea, no sugar. Serious family--”’
‘Ah! you needn’t mind reading that,’ interrupted the client.
‘“Three serious footmen,”’ said Tom, impressively.
‘Three? did you say?’ asked the client in an altered tone.
‘Three serious footmen,’ replied Tom. ‘“Cook, housemaid, and
nursemaid; each female servant required to join the Little Bethel
Congregation three times every Sunday--with a serious footman.
If the cook is more serious than the footman, she will be expected
to improve the footman; if the footman is more serious than the
cook, he will be expected to improve the cook.”’
‘I’ll take the address of that place,’ said the client; ‘I don’t know
but what it mightn’t suit me pretty well.’
‘Here’s another,’ remarked Tom, turning over the leaves.
‘“Family of Mr Gallanbile, MP. Fifteen guineas, tea and sugar, and
servants allowed to see male cousins, if godly. Note. Cold dinner in
the kitchen on the Sabbath, Mr Gallanbile being devoted to the
Observance question. No victuals whatever cooked on the Lord’s
Day, with the exception of dinner for Mr and Mrs Gallanbile,
which, being a work of piety and necessity, is exempted. Mr
Gallanbile dines late on the day of rest, in order to prevent the