One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A woman employed in a dairy.
- ‘Later, while working as a dairymaid on a prosperous farm, in a beautiful summer, she becomes blissfully engaged to Angel Clare, a clergyman's son.’
- ‘Buttermilk was drunk in N. Europe throughout the Middle Ages; and in Britain it was for many centuries a ‘perk’ of shepherds and dairymaids.’
- ‘A farmyard suggested in her mind a scene of cheerful bustle, with churns and flails and smiling dairymaids, and teams of horses drinking knee-deep in duck-crowded ponds.’
- ‘Often listed with the number of ploughs, it has been assumed that most would have worked as ploughmen, domestic servants and dairymaids.’
- ‘The Venables' former neighbour, who was a dairymaid, still referred to the part of the house where he plied his trade as ‘the shop’.’
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