Social setup in Chrestomancy books

Michelle Thomas michellet at
Wed May 22 05:09:42 EDT 2002

On 22/5/02 9:38 am, "Philip.Belben at"
<Philip.Belben at> wrote:
> That is actually a very good point.  There is no strict servants' hall
> hierarchy
> at the Castle.  The upper servants (Bernard the Finance man, Michael the
> tutor,
> and so on) all eat dinner _and socialise_ with their employers (Chrestomanci
> and
> family).  The social division between family and servants is more one of
> background - in any organisation the professional staff have a sufficiently
> different (educational) background from the maintenance staff that a social
> division will form.  But it's not strict, nor imposed externally.
> Is DWJ being subversive again here?  The outward appearance of conservatism,
> when analysed, shows the master/servant structure to be a disguise for a much
> more modern employer/employee structure - Something that domestic service in
> our
> world may aspire to, but seldom reaches.  Perhaps we should look at employment
> generally - not just domestic service - in this light?
Hmmm.  Governesses, tutors, agents and so on would have eaten with the
family in Edwardian times, unless there was some special reason why not.  I
was more worried about the nameless faceless footmen and other under
servants - who educates their children?


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