they used to call me; and when father died I determined to have done with my step-mother, and to come to London at any price. I was seventeen then.
Oh, it's nothing to be ashamed of, really; still, I did begin life in town--[with an uneasy little laugh and a toss of the head]--you'd hardly believe it!--as a nursery-maid.
H'm! I am aware that is not considered--
I should think not! Oh, of course, in time I rose to be Useful Maid, and then Maid. I've been lady's-maid in some excellent houses. And when I got sick of maiding I went to Dundas's opposite, and served three years at the hairdressing; that's an extremely refined position, I needn't say. And then some kind friends routed me out, [surveying the room proudly] and put me into this.
Then why bestow a second thought upon your beginnings?
No, I suppose I oughtn't to. Nobody can breathe a word against my r
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