Yesterday Mary and I watched the first installment of Manor House, a reality show in which average Britons volunteer to play manor owners and their servants during the Edwardian period.
It seems they have a hard time keeping scullery maids. Hey, would you want to wash giant pans all day long, without wearing any gloves?
The butler struggles to maintain discipline. The chef frets about making an important meal.
The thing that really struck me is how much Edwardian servant life seems to mimic the modern office environment. Hey, we're all tied to the yoke somehow.
By the way, according the Web site (click on the butler below), my lot in life in that era would have been "schoolmaster." But I wouldn't have lived long, as I would died in the trenches of Ypres during World War I.
Actually, my great-grandfather did fight in the trenches of France during World War I. He got gassed, but lived to return home.