Be neat in person and dress.
Do not waste time in gadding about and gossip.
Be quiet, polite and respectful in your manners.
Tell the truth always, but especially to children.
Do not spend your money foolishly in gewgaws of dress.
Always follow your mistress' plan of work, or explain why you do not.
Keep your room neat and orderly, and make it as attractive as possible.
Do not waste any thing. To waste carelessly is almost as wrong as to steal.
Never tell tales out of the family, or repeat in one what you have seen in another.
Never break a promise to children, and do not frighten them with stories, or help them to conceal wrong-doing.
Remember that there is nothing gained by slighting work. Doing every thing as well as possible always saves labor in housekeeping.
Remember that the best and most faithful girls command the highest wages, get the easiest and best places, and never are out of employment.
In engaging a new place, have a clear understanding as to wages, work, and the evenings and time you are to have. It may save trouble afterwards.
Learn from books or from those who have had more experience, the best way of doing work, and plan to do it, with as much system and few steps as possible.
Don't change employers. There are trials in every place, and it is better to put up with them, and make them as light as possible, than to change to new ones.
If your mistress scolds and loses her temper, be sure and control yours. If you feel that you are wronged, talk quietly and kindly after the storm has blown over.
Instead of trying, as many do, to see how little you can do and get your wages, try to see how pleasant and useful you can be as a member of the family. Work for its interests and happiness, lighten its burdens, be ready to give help when it is needed, even if it is out of your own line of work, and try to win the esteem and love of all by cheerfulness, kindness, truth-fulness, and the practice every day of the golden rule.
Above all, do not think your work degrading. No work is more honorable. The happiness and health of the family depends on you, and no lady or gentleman will "slight" you or "look down " on you because you work. You need not be on the lookout for slights unless you are vain, or lazy, or slovenly, or dishonest. Whoever looks down on you because you do honest work conscientiously and well, is a fool, and not worth minding.