It appears that she was in the habit of making a large quantity of blackberry jam, and finding that less fruit had been brought to her than she required, she said to the charwoman, "I wish you would send some of your children to gather me three or four pints more."
Ulysses, for example, we are told, like a modern charwoman, excelled at lighting a fire, whilst Achilles was an adept at turning a spit.
" This stout woman was a certain Madame Joseph, a widow of forty and a charwoman by calling, whom Benard, the husband, had at first engaged to come two hours every morning to attend to the housework, his wife not having strength enough to put on a child's shoes or to set a pot on the fire.
She had ended by turning up at Rougemont, her native place, in bad health and such a state of wretchedness, that for the sake of a living she went out as a charwoman there.
She was just the sort of woman who can be seen by the hundredlaundress, seamstress, charwoman, caretaker, got up in her Sunday best.
Volunteers and militiamen used to meet for drill on a large piece of land in the very heart of the locality; troops of charwomen formerly washed their clothes in water pits hard by, and dried them on the green-sward adjoining; and everything about wore a rural and primitive aspect.
"Let the charwoman alone to be the first!" cried she who had entered first.
A charwoman came every day to do the housework.
"It was now nearly ten o'clock, and the detectives, having taken leave of Mr. Shipman, went back to No. 22, in order to ascertain whether Mr. Knopf had come back; the door was opened by the old charwoman, who said that her master had returned, and was having some breakfast in the dining-room.
"With regard to the old charwoman, Mr. Knopf certainly knew nothing about her, beyond the fact that she had been recommended to him by one of the tradespeople in the neighbourhood, and seemed perfectly honest, respectable, and sober.
It has been impossible for me to keep the charwoman.
"WELL, MRS. GUBBINS, WHAT IS THE WEATHER GOING TO BE TO-DAY?" Charwoman.
I have it not before me, but I remember a capital simile of the Charwoman letting in her Watchman husband, which is better than Butler's Lobster turned to Red.
The simile of the charwoman runs thus: Now Morning, yawning, rais'd her from her bed, Slipp'd on her wrapper blue and 'kerchief red, And took from Night the key of Sleep's abode; For Night within that mansion had bestow'd The Hours of day; now, turn and turn about, Morn takes the key and lets the Day-hours out; Laughing, they issue from the ebon gate, And Night walks in.
I. of the present edition a review of Dibdin's book, in the New Times, January 27, 1825, which both from internal evidence and from the quotation of the charwoman passage I take to be by Lamb, who was writing for that paper at that time.
The last play cited, The Silver Box, may perhaps be thought an exception to this rule; but, though the experience of the hapless charwoman is pitiful enough, hers is a simple soul, so inured to suffering that a little more or less is no such great matter.
Her right-hand neighbour was Sir Jasper Paulet, who had been allotted to the pompous wife of a court physician, a lady who had begun her married life in the outer darkness of Guildford Street, Bloomsbury, with a household consisting of a maid-of-all-work and a boy in buttons, with an occasional interregnum of charwoman; and for whom all the length and breadth of Harley Street was now much too small.
You had a charwoman when you felt idle or when you chose to put the house into the back-yard for an airing.
With the charwoman, a pair of gloves for coarser work, and gas stoves, you 'made naught' of domestic labour.
Happily it was the charwoman's day and Alice was busy enough to ignore him.
She was on her knees like a charwoman, sniffing the strong reek of suds, when there came a knocking at her door.
And among bitches one would name certainly Mr. Gregg's Belfast Erin, Mr. Clifton's Charwoman, Mr. Everill's Erminie, and Mr. J. S. McComb's Beeston Betty.
Eaton Square is a desolate wilderness, where dusty sparrows alone disturb the dreams of frowzy charwomen, who, like Anchorites amid the tombs of the Thebaid, fulfil the contemplative life each in her subterranean cell.
Alas, in common with so many others of her class, the charwoman took refuge from care in constant inebriety.
"Can I speak with you, sir?" said the charwoman.
I have always looked upon her as a sort of a charwoman, working about from house to house, doing anything that people hired her to do.
A shabby little old man, a young plump, but very pretty female figure in unusually short petticoats, and a dowdy old charwoman, all stood in the door among a riot of dogs.
Not only was a butler the hero of The Admirable Crichton, a maidservant the heroine of A Kiss for Cinderella and a charwoman the heroine of The Old Lady Shows Her Medals, but the actual authorship of Peter Pan was given to the smallest nursemaid on record.
Evidently the charwoman had been and departed; and doubtless Diaz had gone out, to return immediately.
She taught him however very early to inspect the steward's accounts, to dog the butler from the cellar, and to catch the servants at a junket; so that he was at the age of eighteen a complete master of all the lower arts of domestick policy, had often on the road detected combinations between the coachman and the ostler, and procured the discharge of nineteen maids for illicit correspondence with cottagers and charwomen.
Few realize the tremendous import of this comparatively insignificant invention, the atmospheric cleaner, or what a radical change it is bringing about in the thoughts of the housewife, whose ideas on the domestic occupations so far have been mostly as confused as those of the charwoman, who put up on her door the sign: "Scrubbing and Window-Cleaning Done Here."
Dor'othy, charwoman of Old Trapbois the miser and his daughter Martha.
"She says they are in bad taste, but she can give them to the charwoman.
Or suppose I am called upon to praise the charwoman who has just come into my house, and who certainly deserves it much more.
It is a splendid method; but I wish it were applied sometimes to charwomen rather than only to millionaires.
"Mrs. Bilton was the woman whom I recommended to you as a charwoman, soon after you were settled down at Redsands.
She came on Saturday morning with a pail and a scrubbing brush, without appearing to suffer in the least at having to perform a dirty, humble duty, a charwoman's work, in the home where she had reigned as the beautiful, fair-haired mistressfor
Opera peasants, whose unreality excites Mr. Ruskin's indignation, are surely too frank an idealization to be misleading; and since popular chorus is one of the most effective elements of the opera, we can hardly object to lyric rustics in elegant laced bodices and picturesque motley, unless we are prepared to advocate a chorus of colliers in their pit costume, or a ballet of charwomen and stocking-weavers.
" If They Meant All They Said Charm is a woman's strongest arm; My charwoman is full of charm; I chose her, not for strength of arm
It appears that in a recent pilgrimage to Selborne he met the only surviving great-granddaughter of Sarah Timmins (charwoman at Chawton in the years 1810 to 1815), and purchased from her a pair of bedroom slippers, a pink flannel dressing-gown and a boa which had belonged to the great novelist.
"No one directly and immediately, except an old charwoman, who has a legacy of five-and-twenty pounds.
The charwoman's shadow.
The charwoman's shadow.
A. Certainly, as my father was a sweep, and my mother a charwoman.
All classes travel side by side, the perspiring flower girl, with her heavy basket of roses, the charwoman clutching her morning purchase of fish, the daintily dressed lady going out to dinner, &c."The Daily Chronicle.
A very early dinner, apparently; perhaps with the charwoman.
Since then I had made shift with a charwoman.
The charwoman had returned, no doubt, with the police.
"A police sergeant, a constable and a plain-clothes officer entered and the charwoman lurked in the dark background.
The charwoman came in and looked gloatingly at my battered countenance, which bore memorials of every projecting corner of the room.
As I sat with a tableful of charwomen and general housework girls in a refuge in Dublin, I read two ads from the paper.
And after we had night prayers that were so long drawn out that someone moaned: "Do they want to scourge us with praying?", the old charwoman repeated the hopeless words: "Hold on to whatever you getwhatever.
" In connection with this same barracks, our charwoman told Amenda, who told Ethelbertha, who told me a story, which I now told the boys.
At the end of a quarter of an hour, the victor, having borrowed a packet of pins and a looking-glass from our charwoman, who had slept in the house, went upstairs, while the remaining fourteen sat down in the hall, and fanned themselves with their bonnets.
As I explained at the commencement, it was told to me by Ethelbertha, who had it from Amenda, who got it from the charwoman, and exaggerations may have crept into it.
[Illustration: PERFORMING LION AT MUSIC-HALL, HAVING GOT LOOSE, FINDS ITS WAY TO ROOM OCCUPIED BY CHARWOMAN.
The passage, for instance, in which the Duke of BARTLEMY repels the advances of the orphan charwoman isbut you have read it, and I need not therefore enlarge further upon it.
Some said she was the daughter of a noble house, kidnapped by gipsies in her infancy; others were equally confident that she had for father the coroneted rake, Lord Byron, and for mother a charwoman.
There could be no greater contrast than that between Francesco de Medici, heir to the Tuscan Grand Dukedom, and the beautiful young wife of the bank-clerk, now playing the rôle of maid-of-all-work and charwoman.
Thus, with seven servants and hiring a charwoman upon occasion of company, we may possibly make out to keep house; with less, we should be hooted at as ridiculous, and could not entertain any company.
Once a week a charwoman comes to help this servant.
He could hear the voices of a charwoman and of the lad who had helped him to arrange the gallery, talking in the kitchen.
The door was open and the charwoman just inside, so that the boy had no occasion to ring.
The charwoman appeared.
'Well, if you'll wait there, ma'am'the charwoman opened the door of the dismantled sitting-room'I'll speak to Mr. Fenwick.'
Ask her to come in.' He himself retreated into the darkness of the studio, clinging, so the charwoman noticed, to the back of a chair, as though for support.
But I do say that these women had the true nurse-callingthe good of their sick first, and second only the consideration what it was their "place" to doand that women who wait for the housemaid to do this, or for the charwoman to do that, when their patients are suffering, have not the making of a nurse in them.
One day Mary, the charwoman, reported for service with a black eye.
Miss MARY BROUGH, as a charwoman, supplied a rare need with her richly-flavoured humour and its clipped sentences.