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The Little Russian Servant

Henry Gréville

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .unkind?" innocently inquired the girl.

"Unkind! Oh, no; capricious, like all mistresses, but the kindest lady in the world, and generous! Besides, this is a rich house; nothing is counted—nothing at all. This is better than your[Pg 19] village," continued Dacka, proud of belonging to such noble masters, and desirous to impress on the mind of the simple peasant girl the importance and dignity of the functions she was promoted to.

"It is more beautiful," replied Mavra, bending intently over her work.

"It was lucky they taught you[Pg 20] to embroider, else you would have been sent to the poultry-yard to feed the cocks and hens and look after the calves. How did you learn?"

"My mother taught me; she was formerly in service; she was a dvorovaia in the time of the late countess. She married a peasant."

"Ah!" said Dacka, "I thought[Pg 21] your manners were not quite those of a peasant girl; if your mother was i. . . Read More