Her duties are difficult to define, as they are so numerous and varied; indeed, every mistress should watch that her little maid is not overworked.
When in the kitchen, much of the work usually done by a kitchen-maid becomes hers. She helps in the washing up of pots and pans, the polishing of copper and tin utensils, peeling potatoes and preparing vegetables. She lays the kitchen meals, clears away and washes up afterwards.
The wages of such a maid are usually from £8 to 14. The girl is usually allowed to go out in the afternoon and evening every alternate Sunday, and one afternoon or evening every week, with one week's holiday every year.
Daily work. Six persons in family.
8 a.m. - Lay kitchen breakfast. Have breakfast. Clear away and wash up. Fill coal-boxes.
9 a.m. - Assist housemaid with beds.
Clean lavatories and servants' rooms. 12 noon - Lay kitchen dinner. Have it. Wash up. Assist cook.
4 p.m. - Get kitchen tea. Wash up.
5 p.m. - Help prepare dinner. 7 p.m. - Clean knives.
8.30 p.m. - Kitchen supper. Wash up dishes and tidy kitchen.
10 p.m. - Bed.