The Servant – Maggie Richell-Davies

Review From User :

Quaint and naive.

A maidservant doing the mundanest jobs, trying to survive, pining after books, investigating secrets and secretly noting how people squander the excellent (from her POV) possibilities to better themselves.

A love story in the making with a healthy feminist angle. I have no idea how women managed to live in times when we were considered hardly above cattle. Nasty times.

Love the ending most of all.

Rating: we start at 5 stars:
+1 star: Match-making Greek goddesses, gods and heroes. And in such a form!!!
- 1 star: I don't think 'cow management' was a thing then.
+-1 star: Nice cover. Not sure how it fits the book but reasonably OK and looks nice.
+ 1 star: lots of serendipity going on. Love serendipity!
+1 star: THE END. As I said, I'm a sucker for this kind of thing.
The overall rating: 5 stars+++, a new favvy.

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'Perhaps there is a magic carpet inside,' I murmur, 'and I will climb onto it and fly over the sea and far away.' 'The only carpets I suspect you will find in there will be ones in need of vigorous beating.' (c)
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It must be what he does in here that is so secret. Is he composing something people will wonder at, like Dr Johnston's Dictionary The desk is heaped with papers I would love to study. Or even help with. (c)
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I have always loved to walk. It is a time to let my imagination soar. A pretence at being free. (c)
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I have never been in a bookseller's before, never so close to such a hoard of unread words. (c)
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It could be us one day. Peg is at the bottom of society. I am one rung higher. Mrs Lamb two. And I know from experience how much easier it is to fall than to rise. (c)
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The morning has turned serious and dark. (c)
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My envy returns. A life surrounded by books, where he is urged to spend his time reading. No wonder he whistles. (c)
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They have so many possibilities open to them, yet fritter their lives on pleasure. (c)
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'The world is more complicated than you appreciate, Hannah. You must learn to take care of yourself. Nobody else will.' (c)
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I have always done what others said I must do. Gone where they said I should go. Even worn the clothes I was told to wear. But when I think of the wrong that was done to me - which I cannot help, however much I try - I know those teachings have harmed rather than helped me. (c)
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For my own safety, I am here to uncover secrets. (c)
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My action could bring danger, but for once even a servant, and a woman, might make a difference. (c)
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I realise now what a blessing my early childhood was, even if it did not last beyond my tenth year. To have so much love and the beginning of an education. It gave me something to build on. (c)


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