One of my favourite excerpts . . .
Full Title: Miscellanies. By Dr. Swift. The Eleventh Volume. London: Printed for C. Hitch, C. Davis, C. Bathurst, R. Dodsley, and W. Bowyer. MDCCLIII.
RULES that concern All Servants in general.
When your Master or Lady calls a Servant by Name, if that Servant be not in the Way, none of you are to answer, for then there will be no end of your Drudgery: And Masters themselves allow, that, if a Servant comes when he is called, it is sufficient.
When you have done a Fault, be always pert and insolent, and behave yourself as if you were the injured Person; this will immediately put your Master or Lady off their Mettle.
If you see your Master wronged by any of your Fellow-Servants, be sure to conceal it, for fear of being called a Tell-tale: However there is one Exception, in case of a favourite Servant, who is justly hated…
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